Muckleford Forest Friend Group have decided to object to application for an Exploration Licence (EL) for the Muckleford Forest. We posted briefly on it on the Muckleford Forest website a few days ago.
Remnants of past mining in the Muckleford Forest
We are objecting because we are concerned about the potential adverse environmental, residential and economic impacts, and loss of amenity for residents.
Our objection may make no difference – but we wanted to make our views known at this early stage in the process and make sure that we are advised of the outcome and (assuming they get the EL) that we are consulted when they develop a Work Plan for exploration activities etc.
Our objection is linked on this page.
We would encourage others to object as well. You can write a short submission – a few sentences for example, or write something more detailed and attach it. Lodge your objection here – https://rram.force.com/ObjectionSubmission
And of course you can draw on or refer to our objection. The deadline for your objection is Friday May 17th (21 days after the advert – assuming you saw the advert in a local paper Tarrangower Times or the Age or Herald-Sun!). Here is a link to an article in the Maryborough Advertiser and to the Bendigo Advertiser as well.
Information on Exploration Licences is here – https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/community-and-land-use/understanding-exploration
We’ll update you via this website when we hear more.
A gold exploration application has been lodged across a large area include the Muckleford Forest – and private land as well. The application has been approved according to the Kalamazoo web site. A bit hard to get the status clear via the government’s Earth Resources website – as you will see below it appears to be an ‘application’ but it appears from Kalamazoo website and media that it has been approved.
You can search mining tenements on this webpage – Mining Licences Near Me – and here is the image of the Kalamazoo application (Exploration Licence
EL006959) based on my address in Green Gully.
Should we worry? That’s a hard question! It depends on what they might plan to do within the Exploration Licence area: that is, their ‘work plan’. And whether locals read the classifieds in the local paper and or The Age or the Sun Herald.
Here is the web page about objecting to an Exploration Licence – website (http://earthresources.vic.gov.au/earth-resources-regulation/Contact-us/objections).
Seems like a watching brief – let us know if you notice anything – in the media or on the ground!
A tree stump in the Serpentine Creek area in East Gippsland, where VicForests is alleged to have logged rainforest buffer zones. Supplied: GEGO
On 15 March 2019 the Victorian government released a review of the regulation of logging in Victoria and the evidence is damning. The report’s authors were clearly struck by problems they found: “What is abundantly clear is that the system of policy, legislation and regulation is dated, complex, convoluted – indeed labyrinthine – and difficult to use, and DELWP is neither an effective or respected regulator.”
The evidence is in and it is damning. Logging in Victoria is not effectively regulated.
The review was initiated by Minister D’Ambrosio last year following the Department’s failed prosecution of VicForests for rainforest logging breaches. The review was undertaken over five weeks commencing mid-September 2018 and, although delivered to the government in late October 2018 just prior to the commencement of the caretaker period, it has taken until now for the report to be released.
The time taken for the review was too short to conduct a thorough independent evaluation of compliance and enforcement or to conduct adequate consultation – for comparison a review of compliance and enforcement at EPA Victoria in 2010 took six months – but the panel conducting the review have made a good start in grappling with the multiple failings within the department.
(summary from Environmental Justice Australia)
Read more in an article by journalist Lisa Cox in the Guardian.
A couple of background articles to the review: on the RFA renewal process and the Court case here
We’ve just started ten bird survey transects in the Muckleford Forest!
There is a new page on our website with all the details. Let us know if you want to join in! We’ll report on results via the website and posts.
Good ‘swiftie’ news from Tassie too – Birdlife Australia is reporting that the Tasmanian Upper House has voted down the proposal to allow logging in 356,000 hectares of forests including 12,000 ha of Critically Endangered Swift Parrot habitat.