Victorian RFAs expire 31 March

Bendoc Road East Gippsland, Judith Deland

On 7 November 2019 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that native forest logging in Victoria would end by 2030. As details have emerged in the following weeks the commitment looks increasingly problematic: logging will continue at current rates until 2024 after the next Victorian and federal elections; protection for old growth forests is in the hands of VicForests; protection for Greater Gliders is weakened in East Gippsland; logging is taking place outside legally permitted boundaries.

Victoria’s five Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) expire on 31 March 2020. They may be extended at any time once the Victorian Premier and the Prime Minister reach agreement. If the Victorian RFAs are not extended, native forest logging would no longer be exempt from the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.