Glider seems fine

Mansfield Courier - - Courier Opinions/people -

IT is in­cred­i­bly sad to be writ­ing about the lock up of Strath­bo­gie State For­est, for those who sup­port our lo­cal sus­tain­able tim­ber in­dus­try our worst fears are re­alised in the Vic­to­rian La­bor Party’s an­nounce­ment.

Daniel An­drews and his min­is­ters are many things, in­clud­ing in­cred­i­bly clever with the word­ing of their an­nounce­ment to “pro­tect” the greater glider pos­sum by lock­ing up the Strath­bo­gie state for­est.

The gen­eral pub­lic on first glance would likely com­mend the Vic­to­rian state La­bor gov­ern­ment for pro­tect­ing greater glider pos­sums, how­ever, the gen­eral pub­lic have not been en­light­ened with the posthar­vest greater glider sur­vey re­sults that prove tim­ber har­vest­ing and the pos­sum co-ex­ist, and have done for 100 years or more.

Here are the re­sults for greater glider sur­veys in a log­ging coupe named Bar­jarg Flats that VicForests have re­cently har­vested, it makes for thought­ful read­ing.

Prior to the Bar­jarg Flats coupe har­vest, the Arthur Ry­lah In­sti­tute car­ried out three 500m tran­sect sur­veys in the coupe be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber in 2017 and found 22 Greater Glid­ers.

The num­ber of Greater Glid­ers found dur­ing post-har­vest sur­veys were:

Post-har­vest (VicForests sur­veys) Spring 2018: 13;

Post-har­vest (VicForests sur­veys) Sum­mer 2019: 9;

Post-har­vest (VicForests sur­veys) Au­tumn 2019: 20;

Post-har­vest (VicForests sur­veys) Win­ter 2019: 19.

Food for thought when you hear of the dev­as­ta­tion this an­nounce­ment will have on lo­cal busi­nesses, and fire­wood cost­ing a great deal more not to men­tion the guilt of know­ing the car­bon foot­print in­volved in trans­port­ing fire­wood and tim­ber from in­ter­state or over­seas.

Re­gional Vic­to­ria is in dire trou­ble; our ap­a­thy only feeds the ide­ol­ogy and dar­ing of a state La­bor gov­ern­ment ob­sessed with green votes and poli­cies.

I write only in the hope that peo­ple will keep th­ese find­ings in mind for the next election, be­cause should the op­po­si­tion sup­port the tim­ber in­dus­try in Strath­bo­gie they will be ac­cused of be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal vandals when this is not the case at all.

In the mean­time, buy some Vic­to­rian hard­wood, it’ll most likely be like your old Holden; a col­lec­tor’s item, a good in­vest­ment, and a re­minder of bet­ter times in this state.

Paul Hobby, Wan­garatta

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