Thursday, June 16, 2011

ethical paper, logging and vicforests relocation, the story continues

There's been a lot of continued interest around logging, Yarra Ranges Council decision to sign the Ethical Paper Pledge and the relocation of VicForests. In this dispatch:

In another extraordinary turn of events, the Yarra Glen Chamber of Commerce supports the Lilydale Chamber of Commerce in their stance to oppose council's decision to support the Ethical Paper pledge.

Yarra Glen business backs Lilydale's Reflex stance
Leader Newspapers
by Alex Munro
13 June 2011

And for those of you wondering what the view line from Yarra Glen would look like should logging continue at Mt St Leonard, you should click here.

The issue of the potential loss of Forest Stewardship Council certification of Reflex got a mention.

Council's ethical stand vindicated
Mail Newspapers
by Mara Pattison-Sowden
9 June 2011

The Latrobe City Council is now pitching for the relocation of the VicForests office to their municipality.

Council pounces on jobs
Latrobe Valley Express
by Phillipa Williams
9 June 2011

Whilst it seems there's been some highly questionable logging/export practices with salvage logs being exported to China. Logs are supposed to be 'processed' in Victoria in order to protect jobs. Does chopping them to size to fit in a shipping container really constitute processing?

VicForests investigates timber claim
The Age
by Jared Lynch and Ben Butler
11 June 2011

China logs
ABC Stateline
by Cheryl Hall
10 June 2011

And whilst all this goes on, plantation timber can meet all our needs.

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At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The groundswell of community discontent with Shire of yarra ranges is not about forest management - it is about YOU hijacking council to push your own green agenda. 70% of Victorian municipal organisations DO NOT support your ethical paper pledge - that is a clear message that you do not have clear support from the community on your so clled ethical pledge. Bringing late motions to council without public input is not democracy at work! It is green ideology masquerading as good governance.
Considering Yarra valley communities need to form their own groups to engage with council to ensure adequate services are provided to rate payers, council should be focussing on real issues, not your green bulldust

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Samantha Dunn said...

Yarra Ranges has publicly affirmed its choice when purchasing copy paper - perhaps if those municipalities visited the forests of Yarra Ranges, especially to compare those that are intact with those which have been logged, they'd understand why we choose to purchase ethical paper.
This is about what paper we buy, don't you try and spin it into something else anonymous.

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Gavin Greyhound said...

But Samantha - you DONT buy reflex to start with so dont accuse me of spin! Those municipalities arent interested in forest which they have no jurisdiction over, they are interested in provided good services to rate payer. Adequate road maintainence, drainaige and infrastructure management, supporting communities, not green wank. I look forward to council elections next year where you will be crushed.

At 11:59 PM, Blogger Samantha Dunn said...

I was elected because of my work on the early years and childcare, I have worked continually on public transport, community safety, speed limits on our roads, library services, appropriate budget allocations for the backlog of infrastructure projects, sport and recreation - real issues or Green wank?


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