one hour east of Melbourne.
more than one million hectares.
3 million Victorians with drinking water.
catchments supplying 28% of Melbournes drinking water are open
to clearfell logging which reduces water quantity (yields down
by up to 50% and taking 150 years to recover) and quality (roads
alone can input 45-60 tonnes of sediment per hectare per year
into catchment rivers).
versus water - if the Thompson catchment alone were not logged
the Victorian community would be $147 million better off.
and threatened species - Leadbeaters possum, Spotted tree frog,
Baw Baw frog, Tall Astelia lily, Barred Galaxias (fish), Sooty,
Powerful and Barking Owls.
RFA process allows 500,000 tonnes of timber to be removed every
year for the next twenty years. 70-80% of this timber will end
up as woodchips.