Mark DeBono Updated August 17, 2011 14:30:37
More than 50 people have staged a protest against logging in a forest north-east of Melbourne.
The group is calling on the Government to take action to stop logging in the Sylvia Creek Forest near Toolangi, which it says is home to the endangered leadbeater possum.
The Wilderness Society’s Luke Chamberlain says clear-felling has been underway in the area for the past five weeks, but forestry workers are not at the site today.
He says the community is strongly opposed to the logging.
“One hundred and forty local residents came to a meeting in Toolangi last week and the resolution of that was very clear,” he said.
“They want to see the Toolangi’s forest protected, they want to see and end to the clearfell logging out here.”
The Wilderness Society is calling on the Victorian Government to shift logging out of old growth forests and into plantations.
Fairfax newspapers are reporting that the Government is going to review the flora and fauna guarantee act, reassessing endangered species numbers to increase logging.
The Government says it is not reviewing the act but it reserves the right to do so.
Mr Chamberlain says government departments are incapable of assessing the effect of logging on endangered species.
“What we’re seeing is death by a thousand cuts,” he said.
“To date we’ve seen absolutely nothing as far as environmental protection from the Liberal Party and they are being run roughshod over by the National Party.”