16:22 AEST Thu Aug 25 2011
Logging will be temporarily halted in a Victorian forest said to house endangered possums under a court order.
The activist group MyEnvironment applied to the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday for an urgent injunction to stop VicForests logging trees in the Sylvia Creek Forest near Toolangi, northeast of Melbourne.
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 was 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 fallen since the February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, the court heard.
On Thursday afternoon lawyers for VicForests and MyEnvironment agreed to an interim injunction.
Justice Robert Osborn granted the injunction which prohibits the felling or damaging of trees until 4.15pm (AEST) on Friday, when the matter will return to court for the wording of the injunction to be finalised.
A substantive hearing of the matter will be held on September 19.