ABC News (2 Mar 2017) by Stephanie Anderson
Media Release by Ken Deacon, Convenor of Rubicon Forest Protection Group - 16 March 2017
Jill Sanguinetti remembers Black Saturday (The Age, Jan 13, 2017):
"We did not know it was coming until a spot fire blazed red a hundred metres away. Flames crackled through wattle and blackberry thickets; gum trees exploded with a woomph; and a dog and a black mountain possum dashed towards us in terror."
Full piece here
In a new hard hitting research report the RFPG has outlined the key threats facing the ash forests of the Central Highlands: overcutting, code breaches, fire risk, water yield, and destruction of tourism assets.
Read full report (10 March 2017) here.
While millions of dollars are handed out in grants to a dying timber industry, our forests are dying with them. This video footage was taken by WOTCH over Melbourne's local forests and speaks for itself. Over the ridges or hidden behind small buffers it's happening on a large scale. It's not Indonesia, it's Victoria in 2017!
RFPG has proposed a series of far reaching tourist proposals to the Murrindindi Shire Council in a letter to the Mayor, Cr Margaret Rae, dated 19 April 2016. The proposals include:
1. Upgrade Tweed Spur track and Cathedral Lane/Chitty Ridge Track to 2WD standard to create a wonderful scenic drive linking the Cathedral Range State Park to the Rubicon State Forest
The Rubicon Forest Protection Group provided a detailed briefing for Murrindindi Coucillors this week. Following Uncle Roy Patterson's welcome to country, local researcher Nick Legge provided an overview of the concerns of the RFPG.
The scale of logging in the Rubicon State Forest since the 1980s when logging re-commenced in earnest, is clearly evident in these Landsat images from 2000 to 2016. The satellite imagery shows the impact of the 2009 fires and the intensified logging which followed. View pdf version in browser or download ppt version. Note both files are around 5mb.