Fighting for our Forests: 2016 in Review

It was a big year campaigning to create the Great Forest National Park (GFNP) and protect our incredible native forests from senseless logging by the government-owned ‘business’ VicForests.

It’s a great pleasure to share with you some of the highlights of last year working to protect our forests. But let’s first take a quick look at what we need to overcome after the year that has been 2016...

The GFNP: creating jobs & empowering regional community

Establishing the Great Forest National (GFNP) should be a no-brainer. Whether you’re an environmentalist who sits up at night thinking about an entire ecosystem and many threatened species on the brink of extinction, or a parent concerned about whether your kid will find job opportunities in struggling regional communities near these forests, the solution is the same. We need the GFNP now.

Not sure what the GFNP is? Check out this video or have a read of my speech here

#IStandWithBanyule

I am proud to stand with the Councillors of Banyule and their fine citizens to call for an end to native forest logging. We all need to be able to buy Victorian paper we can be proud of.

Currently, precious publicly-owned Central Highlands forest is being logged largely to make Reflex paper. In 2012, 87.6 percent of native forest logging in Victoria went towards paper production and woodchips. This has brought the Leadbeater’s Possum to the brink of extinction and threatens our clean air, water and carbon stores in these beautiful forests.