August 25, 2011
AN ENVIRONMENT group has won a temporary injunction to stop logging in a Victorian forest that may contain endangered possums.
A barrister for the group, Kristen Walker, told the court the area provided a habitat for the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum.
She said logging activity in the area had increased in the past few days and unless an injunction were granted soon, irreversible damage would be caused to the forest.
There are believed to be fewer than 1000 possums remaining but that number may have diminished even further since the February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, the court heard.
Justice Robert Osborn granted a temporary injunction stopping logging until 4.15pm (AEST) today.
Lawyers for VicForests are expected to make further submissions when the matter returns to court at 2.15pm (AEST) today.