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Forest Action Trust (FAT) is a Melbourne-based grassroots forest campaign collective. We are a non-profit group involved in community campaigning, fundraising, direct action, activist training and environmental arts projects. We welcome new people, ideas and energy..

FAT meets on Monday evenings at 6pm at Friends of the Earth (but cancelled this week for the Forests and Free Speech Public Meeting - see below)

312 Smith St, Collingwood

For more information email FAT@riseup.net or call 0402 699 800/0422 279 845

p.s. this site is still under construction, so just look for links that work...


Current News

Gala Performance: Miss Management and Scott Free How Bracks beats the rap in Red Gum Forests 10/10/06

Environmentalists staged a slap-stick circus performance for Premier Bracks today, in which beauty pageant winner Miss Management plays the government's star red gum forest manager. Scott Free will be on hand to wipe away cases of illegal logging blunders with his trusty internal inquiries.

"Illegal logging blunders have become commonplace in the Barmah Forest, and yet all we get from the Bracks government are inquiries recommending more inquiries - it's farcical" said Friends of Earth Spokesperson Jonathan La Nauze.

"Our red gum forests are being mismanaged by a reckless department, and the Bracks government seems reluctant to reign them in" said Mr La Nauze.

Environment Groups have been urging the Environment Minister to meet them regarding the management of red gum forests, but he has failed to respond.

"Our red gum forests can’t wait for another breach and another inquiry - Bracks must protect these forests from logging now" said Mr La Nauze.


Water catchment logging operations shutdown
25/9/06

Thirty conservationists have shut down logging operations in the Goongerah township water catchment east of Melbourne.

Logging operations have been halted by three tree platforms suspended in the canopy, as well as a tripod stopping access to the forest in which logging was taking place.

Spokesperson for the group Lauren Caulfield said "It is ludicrous to be logging water catchments such as this one when water restrictions are in force across most of the state. It is scientifically accepted fact that logging in water catchments dramatically reduces water supply to towns and cities."

"Victoria is a matter of months away from a state election, in which water supply and environmental issues will be at the fore, yet Premier Steve Bracks still refuses to acknowledge the elephant in the corner that is logging of our water catchments. Instead we are saddled with increasing water restrictions and the logging continues unrestricted."

"It is unacceptable that four out of five of Melbourne’s water catchments are currently being logged. The ALP are lagging behind, it is time for Bracks to act and stop logging in our states water catchments."

"Victorian communities and voters are up in arms at the allowance of logging in our water catchments and demand that Bracks act to protect our water supplies and forests." Said Ms Caulfield.

For media comment contact Lauren Caulfield 03) 51540156 (Melbourne contact Louise Morris 03) 94198700.


Woodchip Ship Stopped
25/7/06

Fifteen conservationists have entered Victoria’s largest export woodchip facility this morning, preventing the loading of a shipment of Victorian native forest woodchips bound for Japan.

The conservationists have ‘locked on’ to the conveyer belt and have boarded the ship.

The woodchip facility exports native forest woodchips from the East Gippsland region, where there has been a massive increase in logging in the Tambo forest management area. Logs are taken to Geelong by the train from Bairnsdale and are turned into woodchips at the docks before being exported to Japan.

"While local mills in East Gippsland are closing due to lack of logs, whole logs are being taken from the region to be exported as woodchips to Japan. Local people have being putting up with increased log trucks through town, and seeing our forests disappearing down the line on the train with absolutely no benefit to East Gippsland" said spokesperson Danya Brix.

"The Bracks government must act by protecting native forests from the export woodchipping industry before it’s too late. State Labor governments in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia have recently moved to protect large areas of forests, yet the Bracks government allows this needless destruction and export of our native forests for a pittance" she concluded.


Homeless parrots in the fire

18 August 2005

Call for a moratorium on logging Barmah State Forest in demonstration at Premier's office

Photo opportunity, 1 Treasury Place East Melbourne Thursday 17 August 8:30am (photos)

Activists are today gathering at the Premier’s Office to demand action over a logging breach in the iconic Barmah State Forest.

"The Department of Sustainability and Environment just illegally destroyed 15% of the Victorian breeding grounds of the nationally threatened Superb Parrot", said Jonathan La Nauze, Friends of the Earth spokesperson. "Bracks must stop this vandalism of Yorta Yorta traditional lands now."

Environmentalists and Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners will construct a mock lounge room outside Premier Bracks’ office. Pyjama-clad campaigners will be sitting on a couch by the fire, tossing ‘superb parrot logs’ on to keep warm.

Every year Melbournians burn more than 115,000 tonnes of red gum firewood ? some of that will come from illegally harvested superb parrot habitat.

"As Melbournians burn red gum to warm their homes, they are inadvertently burning the home of the threatened Superb Parrot," said Jonathan La Nauze, Friends of the Earth spokesperson.

Afterwards, representatives will present a letter outlining their demands to the Premier's Office.

"We will be calling for an immediate moratorium on all logging in Barmah ? DSE have proved they can’t be trusted," said Jonathan La Nauze, Friends of the Earth spokesperson.

Comments and Interviews available

Jonathan La Nauze, Friends of the Earth m: 0402 904 251

Henry Atkinson, Yorta Yorta Nation Elders Council m: 0415 287 263


Gunns Ltd Propsed Pulp Mill

Australian woodchipping Giant Gunns Ltd. is proposing to build a pulp mill at Longreach in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania. This means further clearfelling and burning of native forets, intensive burning regimes, aerial spraying and chemical use in water supply catchments and the use of 1080 poison. The proposed mill requires 30 years guaranteed access to Tasmania's native forests. Landclearing and forest destruction will also increase as new plantations are established to feed the mill. For more information on the mill proposal: Pulpmill General Fact Sheet.

Bowing to public outcry, the Resource Planning and Development Commission announced in mid-July that the public will have the opportunity to comment on Gunns’ revised and expanded pulp mill proposal.

The Federal Government, which has a separate approvals process for the pulp mill, has now requested an entirely new proposal from Gunns; once submitted, the new proposal will be opened for public comment. Dates have not been specified. Watch this space for further updates and information.


Public Response to Nippon Paper Group

As indicated in mid-2004, Mitsubishi Paper Mills recently announced that they would no longer buy woodchips from oldgrowth forests. Up until now, Mitsubishi has purchased approx 400,000 tonnes of Tasmanian woodchips annually. In the wake of Mitsubishi's decision, another major consumer of Tasmanian woodchips, Nippon Paper Group, called for public comment to aid in the formulation the philosophy and basic policy on raw materials procurement. The comment period, which closed on 19 July, saw the lodging of submissions not only from conservationists, but also from Forestry Tasmania and industry lobby groups. Head of Forestry Tasmania, Evan Rolley, emailed all 850 employees of Forestry Tasmania suggesting they urgently, but privately, express their support for the logging of Tasmania's native forests to Nippon (The Mercury, 21 July 2005). He has since left on a tour of Asian woodchip customers, to lobby for their continued role in the destruction of Tasmania's high conservation value forests. He would be best to save his time and energy, and focus on assisting his industry transit out of relying on these forests. Nippon has not announced any date for the release of its new policy.


Forests and Free Speech: A National Tour

Tasmanian based timber company Gunns Ltd has made a name for itself on many fronts; the largest export wood chipper in Australia, it operates the southern hemisphere's largest woodchip mill and is now taking legal action against 20 individuals and organisations to the sum of $6.35 million.

Determined not to be silenced, these dedicated campaigners are taking the issues raised by this lawsuit on the road, to the rest of Australia and overseas. Central to their concerns are issues that relate to all sectors of the Australian community who may need to speak out against corporate activities during their working or personal lives.

  • Freedom of speech and democratic process
  • The right to peaceful protest
  • Corporate governance
  • Opportunities for legislative reform
  • The importance of Tasmania’s forests

The national tour will start its hectic schedule of events in late August in Southern Queensland then moving onto NSW in September, Victoria in October and through to South Australia and Western Australia in November.

Forums and public meetings held as part of the national tour will not only address the issues raised by this litigation, but also provide information on how to continue campaigning while staying safe, how to support the defendants in this case and strengthen the campaigns to protect both our forests and civil liberties.

The tour is being co-ordinated by Louise Morris (defendant #8) and Luke Chamberlain and will consist of presentations from a variety of defendants, legal identities, local activists and special guest celebrity appearances at the larger metropolitan centres.

For more information on the tour contact Louise Morris 0408 667 100, (03) 9662 2162

www.treedomfighters.org.au

Download: A3 Tour Poster

Download: Gunns August 2005 Bulletin

 


Current News

Forests and Free Speech Public Meeting

Monday 14th November, 6.30 pm
Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston st, Melbourne

Guest Speakers: Peter Cundall, Gardening Guru, Fabian Dattner, Leadership Trainer and Brian Walters, President Liberty Victoria.

The Tasmanian Forest Defenders invite you to hear about their extraordinary fight to save Tasmania's old growth forests and how they have been sued for more than $6 million by Gunns Ltd - Australia's largest woodchip company. Learn how a landmark legal case may forever change the face of free speech and community participation in Australia.

Please come along and bring as many people as possible.
We'd also greatly appreciate help at the meeting with staffing info tables, ushering etc. If you can help out, please drop me a line (0402 699 800).

Many thanks and hopefully see you on Monday.

Homeless parrots in the fire

18 August 2005

Call for a moratorium on logging Barmah State Forest in demonstration at Premier's office

Photo opportunity, 1 Treasury Place East Melbourne Thursday 17 August 8:30am (photos)

Activists are today gathering at the Premier's Office to demand action over a logging breach in the iconic Barmah State Forest.

"The Department of Sustainability and Environment just illegally destroyed 15% of the Victorian breeding grounds of the nationally threatened Superb Parrot", said Jonathan La Nauze, Friends of the Earth spokesperson. "Bracks must stop this vandalism of Yorta Yorta traditional lands now."

Environmentalists and Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners will construct a mock lounge room outside Premier Bracks' office. Pyjama-clad campaigners will be sitting on a couch by the fire, tossing 'superb parrot logs' on to keep warm.

Every year Melbournians burn more than 115,000 tonnes of red gum firewood , some of that will come from illegally harvested superb parrot habitat.

"As Melbournians burn red gum to warm their homes, they are inadvertently burning the home of the threatened Superb Parrot," said Jonathan La Nauze, Friends of the Earth spokesperson.

Afterwards, representatives will present a letter outlining their demands to the Premier's Office.

"We will be calling for an immediate moratorium on all logging in Barmah, DSE have proved they can't be trusted," said Jonathan La Nauze, Friends of the Earth spokesperson.

Comments and Interviews available

Jonathan La Nauze, Friends of the Earth m: 0402 904 251

Henry Atkinson, Yorta Yorta Nation Elders Council m: 0415 287 263

Gunns Ltd Propsed Pulp Mill

Pulp mill update

Australian woodchipping Giant Gunns Ltd. is proposing to build a pulp mill at Longreach in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania. This means further clearfelling and burning of native forets, intensive burning regimes, aerial spraying and chemical use in water supply catchments and the use of 1080 poison. The proposed mill requires 30 years guaranteed access to Tasmania's native forests. Landclearing and forest destruction will also increase as new plantations are established to feed the mill. For more information on the mill proposal: Pulpmill General Fact Sheet.

Bowing to public outcry, the Resource Planning and Development Commission announced in mid-July that the public will have the opportunity to comment on Gunns' revised and expanded pulp mill proposal.

The Federal Government, which has a separate approvals process for the pulp mill, has now requested an entirely new proposal from Gunns; once submitted, the new proposal will be opened for public comment. Dates have not been specified. Watch this space for further updates and information.


Public Response to Nippon Paper Group

As indicated in mid-2004, Mitsubishi Paper Mills recently announced that they would no longer buy woodchips from oldgrowth forests. Up until now, Mitsubishi has purchased approx 400,000 tonnes of Tasmanian woodchips annually. In the wake of Mitsubishi's decision, another major consumer of Tasmanian woodchips, Nippon Paper Group, called for public comment to aid in the formulation the philosophy and basic policy on raw materials procurement. The comment period, which closed on 19 July, saw the lodging of submissions not only from conservationists, but also from Forestry Tasmania and industry lobby groups. Head of Forestry Tasmania, Evan Rolley, emailed all 850 employees of Forestry Tasmania suggesting they urgently, but privately, express their support for the logging of Tasmani's native forests to Nippon (The Mercury, 21 July 2005). He has since left on a tour of Asian woodchip customers, to lobby for their continued role in the destruction of Tasmania's high conservation value forests. He would be best to save his time and energy, and focus on assisting his industry transit out of relying on these forests. Nippon has not announced any date for the release of its new policy.


Forests and Free Speech: A National Tour

Tasmanian based timber company Gunns Ltd has made a name for itself on many fronts; the largest export wood chipper in Australia, it operates the southern hemispher's largest woodchip mill and is now taking legal action against 20 individuals and organisations to the sum of $6.35 million.

Determined not to be silenced, these dedicated campaigners are taking the issues raised by this lawsuit on the road, to the rest of Australia and overseas. Central to their concerns are issues that relate to all sectors of the Australian community who may need to speak out against corporate activities during their working or personal lives.

  • Freedom of speech and democratic process
  • The right to peaceful protest
  • Corporate governance
  • Opportunities for legislative reform
  • The importance of Tasmania‚Äôs forests

The national tour will start its hectic schedule of events in late August in Southern Queensland then moving onto NSW in September, Victoria in October and through to South Australia and Western Australia in November.

Forums and public meetings held as part of the national tour will not only address the issues raised by this litigation, but also provide information on how to continue campaigning while staying safe, how to support the defendants in this case and strengthen the campaigns to protect both our forests and civil liberties.

The tour is being co-ordinated by Louise Morris (defendant #8) and Luke Chamberlain and will consist of presentations from a variety of defendants, legal identities, local activists and special guest celebrity appearances at the larger metropolitan centres.

For more information on the tour contact Louise Morris 0408 667 100, (03) 9662 2162

www.treedomfighters.org.au

Download: A3 Tour Poster

Download: Gunns August 2005 Bulletin

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