14 – 15 December: Federal Court hearing
The hearing considered the ‘separate’ question (see orders 17 November 2017):
Was the logging of the Logged Coupes, and will the proposed logging of the Scheduled Coupes be, RFA forestry operations undertaken in accordance with the Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreement such that those forestry operations are exempt from the application of Part 3 of the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (the EPBC Act), pursuant to either s 38(1) of the EPBC Act or s 6(4) of the Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002 (Cth)? (the separate question).
Counsel for Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum, VicForests, the Commonwealth government and the government of Victoria presented their arguments. Justice Mortimer reserved her decision.
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