Environmental Justice Australia
Supreme Court, Floor 3, 223 William St.Victoria
Please come along and support the old growth forests of East Gippsland in the final days of the trial that will determine if old growth gets protection! It's very important to demonstrate the community supports the case.
The Supreme court case fought by Environmental Justice Australia on behalf of community group Fauna and Flora Research Collective (FFRC) against the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (Environment Department) in order to protect East Gippsland's old growth forest from logging concludes from 19 to 21 Feb.
FFRC argues that the Environment Department is failing to meet its legal obligations to protect old growth forest in East Gippsland. FFRC argue the law requires 60% of wet and damp old growth forest present in 1995 to be reserved but the protection quota has not been met, and until it has further logging should not proceed in these old growth forests.
Court documents filed by the Environment Department claim these laws do not impose any mandatory requirements on it to protect old growth forest, and that a rule to reserve 60% of old growth present in 1995 is the “result of a drafting error”.
Thirty-four areas of old growth forest that are earmarked for logging are subject to the legal proceedings. The controversial “Princess Cut” coupe off Greens Road in the Kuark area was the site of community protests in October 2017 which ended after the Supreme Court granted an injunction to halt the logging pending the outcome of the case.
The state's logging agency VicForests has given an undertaking not to log in the 33 other old growth forest areas without first providing seven days notice to the FFRC. If the government win the case it will pave the way for their logging agency VicForests to log the 34 areas of old growth forest.
Here is the daily court list to find out where to go inside the Supreme Court and what time the trial is on.