What’s right

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

You may be aware that both Bun­nings and Of­fice­works have de­cided to put greater weight on the moral con­cept of "what's right" rather than profit.

They have stated that they will stop sell­ing tim­ber and pa­per that is sourced from na­tive forests be­cause of the un­sus­tain­able man­ner in which those forests are be­ing har­vested.

VicForests has con­sis­tently failed in achiev­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil (FSC) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment.

At a time when there is so much pub­lic con­cern over man­age­ment of our na­tive forests, it is of crit­i­cal im­por­tance to have a sys­tem which pro­vides an in­de­pen­dent, third party as­sess­ment of the busi­ness and op­er­a­tional per­for­mance of Vic Forests against world best prac­tice bench­marks.

This is nec­es­sary to guar­an­tee the pub­lic, cus­tomers, neigh­bours, and the govern­ment it­self that the right thing is be­ing done.

In the Gipp­s­land re­gion other for­est man­agers have achieved FSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. For Vic Forests to have failed this yet again is shame and must not be tol­er­ated.

We should be ask­ing ques­tions as to why this is so. Is it be­cause they have so poorly man­aged the for­est es­tate that they plan to clear­fell forests next to tourist towns such as Noo­jee?

Is it be­cause en­tire land­scapes of forests have re­cently been clear cut at the back of Noo­jee, Mat­lock and Rubicon when those forests should have been man­aged as fu­ture re­source for the tim­ber in­dus­try?

Is it be­cause cli­mate change im­pacts, in­clud­ing re­cent for­est fires, have not been taken into ac­count in the cal­cu­la­tions of avail­able sus­tain­able tim­ber yield? Is it be­cause VicForests have been caught out il­le­gally log­ging habi­tats of en­dan­gered species?

I am point­ing di­rectly at VicForests for this mis­man­age­ment; but clearly the buck stops with the Govern­ment of the day. There are broader is­sues that are driv­ing the over cut­ting of our lo­cal forests, such as the Vic­to­rian Leg­is­la­tion that guar­an­tees Aus­tralian Pa­per (which is fully Ja­panese owned) a re­source that is in short sup­ply, and the pref­er­ence deals done with Hey­field sawmill (49 per cent owned by the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment) over our own smaller lo­cal mills.

Our for­est es­tate is and has been man­aged badly. In­deed Bun­nings and Of­fice­works should be com­mended for their eth­i­cal at­ti­tudes and or­di­nary peo­ple should con­tinue to pres­sure the govern­ment to en­sure our forests are there for all, for­ever. Liz Clay, Pied­mont

I too want to com­plain about cats that are about- we have a fam­ily of mag­pies and one of them has a bad foot and can't stand on it prop­erly.

I worry that the neigh­bour’s cat will catch him’ I told them that now there was a law about cats and that they should read up on it - noth­ing has been done and we are con­stantly vig­i­lant out­side for the many birds that fre­quent our neigh­bour­hood - not to men­tion duck­lings. No good hav­ing a law if it is not en­forced.

Bou­quets to all the young peo­ple do­ing Trick-or-Treat. They were all cheer­ful, po­lite and en­gag­ing, and they had great cos­tumes. It was a plea­sure to have the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with them. Also, they left no rub­bish af­ter­wards (un­like many of my neigh­bours). Bou­quets to all the peo­ple that helped my­self and my fam­ily af­ter a nasty ac­ci­dent on the M1 Free­way near Pak­en­ham on Oc­to­ber30. We do not have any names so can­not thank you per­son­ally, your as­sis­tance was very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Bou­quets to Phillip at the North­ern Mo­bile Li­brary for his cheer­ful ser­vice ev­ery visit.

A big bou­quet to the gen­tle­man who on Mon­day at Aldi took my hard to push trol­ley to my car, un­packed my gro­ceries and took my trol­ley back to re­trieve my disc. Thank you for your kind­ness

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