Upset over vote to close Strathbogie Forest
IT’S rate time again, $2000 what a bummer.
I believe it’s a waste, as I don’t get value for money.
However, what upsets me more is Strathbogie Shire Council’s recent vote, 5/2 in favour, of closing the Strathbogie Forest to logging.
In the tier of government the Strathbogie Forest is the province of the Victorian State Government and not the remotest responsibility of the shire.
The report, which was purported to be written by shire staff, had in it what I believe are half truths, exaggerated figures and wild allegations.
Cr Alistair Thomson assures all that closing the forest is important. To whom?
As the representative of Wombat Ward, Cr Thomson, I don’t believe, engaged in any kind of community consultation…a situation I think extended to the whole shire.
I certainly oppose the idea, but the vote was quietly slipped through council.
So, we are to close the forest to logging to save various endangered flora and fauna. Is a list of names sufficient? I have not seen one piece of evidence of such animal losses presented.
We are now encouraged to plant plantations on the tableland, yet the Shire of Strathbogie has in place a bylaw prohibiting the planting of pines as it will be detrimental to the community structure.
Hardwood plantations require 50 years to reach a size for cutting.
Frankly I don’t think Cr Thomson has any idea what he is talking about.
We are told we should enjoy our recreation in the softwood forests of Strathbogie, but these forests are managed by Hancock Victoria Plantations, and I understand public access to these forests is not allowed except with permission.
The native forest has two camping grounds, one which is completely inaccessible.
How much council land is to be planted for future logging? None I suspect.
I understand an opportunity was provided for Vic Forest to make a presentation to council. Why didn’t this happen? Add all this together and I resent my $2000 rates and my councillor who seems to represent only the part of the ward that suits his views. Mark Blackwell, Strathbogie