For more than 20 years, Friends of the Earth (FoE) has worked with Friends of Gippsland Bush (FoGB) to see remaining high conservation forests in the Strzelecki Ranges, south east of Melbourne, protected.
The decades long campaign to see the Strzelecki Ranges Rainforest Cores and Links reserve established is almost over.
We have just received the good news that the first 1,600ha of land was Gazetted by the Victorian State Government on the 10th of May 2018. This now means that the land in question is classed as a Forest Reserve by the Victorian State Government under section 50(1) of the Forests Act. This means no more logging forever!
We await further transfers of land which will eventually total 8,000ha. But this announcement that the best of the rainforests of the Agnes, Franklin and Albert Rivers, as well as Dingo Creek, are safe is welcome news.
FoE has to acknowledge the decades of persistent work by Anthony Amis and FoGBs Suzie Zent.
There is still plenty to do in the region, and FoE will soon re-start its koala surveys. If you can support our work, please check here.