Petition: Ending logging
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the Government should immediately cease all levels of logging of native and public forests. There are reports and findings which support a stop to logging. Our forests store massive amounts of carbon and there is a new understanding in bushfire mitigation that logging also increases the risk of bushfires. The State of the Environment report shows we need to manage biodiversity in our forests, which also hold spiritual and cultural significance for First Nations people. Finally, VicForests makes no money but costs the Victorian people large amounts of money. The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to immediately close VicForests, stop all logging and bring forward, for immediate effect, the schemes to assist and retrain all employees affected by the closure.
By Dr RATNAM (Northern Metropolitan) (2447 signatures).
Laid on table.