VEAC delivers report on river red gums.


The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) has has completed the River Red Gum Forests Investigation and provided its report to the Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Gavin Jennings.

The following is an excerpt from it’s summary of major recommendations.







  • five new and three expanded national parks along the Murray, Ovens and Goulburn Rivers
  • 29 substantially new and 21 expanded or retained nature conservation reserves to improve the protection of depleted and fragmented ecosystems.

                                • the Murray River Park, which extends along the River Murray frontage from Wodonga to beyond Mildura, and provides for the continuation of a wide range of traditional recreational activities
                                • three new regional parks and three new and expanded other parks

                                Full copies of the report are available here.

                                The report represents the final stage of VEAC’s River Red Gum Forests
                                The government will now consider the report and provide a response within
                                approximately six months.

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                                6 Responses to VEAC delivers report on river red gums.

                                1. jr says:

                                  And all the while these “concerned” bureaucrats and pollies are going to STEAL water from the Murray to satisfy the wasted water demands of Melbourne. F**KWITS!

                                2. In fairness JR, I don’t think the VEAC has anything to do with the proposed north south pipeline, if they were asked for their opinion (which as far as I’m aware they haven’t been, curious huh?) they’d probably deliver a fairly balanced report which would no doubt include negative environmental impacts of the pipeline (I guess that’s why they were never asked).

                                  It was in large part the recomendations of the VEAC to restrict alpine grazing and the benefits to local flora and fauna in the short time since that has occured has been remarkable.

                                  The VEAC has reccomended wildlife reserve habitats along the Murray before, it’s more a question of whether they are listened to by the, as you say “concerned beurocrats”.

                                  Bless ’em.

                                3. I agree – VEAC and its predecessors have always been regarded as rigorous and independent of government. The foolish north-south pipeline proposal would never have come from VEAC. Let’s hope the Brumby government won’t repeat

                                  There will be resistance to some of VEAC’s recommendations because of cherished beliefs that we can just keep flogging the river the way we always have: “We’ve been logging theses forests for years and look, they’re still there.”

                                  True, but they’re full of thin straggly young trees that don’t provide nesting hollows or the same abundant volumes of feed nectar that the big old river red gums do, and so endangered native fauna such as the Superb Parrot and the Brush-tailed phascogale stand little chance of recovering whilst we keep logging.

                                  Similarly cattle-grazing hasn’t cause the forests to disappear, but when was the last time you saw a Winged Pepercress or a Mueller Daisy in a red gum forest? They are both threatened nationally because of cattle-grazing.

                                  It’s time we gave the river a break – it needs water, and it needs its red gum wetlands free of giant logging machinery and hard-hooved cattle.

                                4. jr says:

                                  Give me a break, Jack.

                                  This is no time to be be debating whether a state organization was “asked for their opinion”.

                                  All I hear these days is that the Murray is no longer sustainable, that it’s “rooted”, full stop and the “captains of industry” moaning about the cost to save the environment being too high and unaffordable.

                                  Is it not about time we ALL got our heads out of the sand and our digits out of our collective arse?

                                5. Well JR if you ask Susan Ley (federal member for Farrer) the Murray is in great shape, no worries, couldn’t be better.

                                  Perhaps from 40 000 feet it does look OK, down here on the ground however it’s a different matter entirely.

                                  JR VEAC can’t prepare a report unless they are asked to, if they aren’t asked, their input is not sought, they aren’t a voice at the table so to speak.

                                  I agree the plight of the Murray is dire, this report is unlikely to have any lasting effect on water levels but it might provide a valuable toe-hold for threatened red gum species.

                                  Let’s hope anyway.

                                6. jono that’s a great site!! really a great resource for people wanting to be better informed on the plight of the red gums.

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