Help take VicForests to Court to save our threatened wildlife!

By Environmental Justice Australia

Campaign Completed on
30-04-2019

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Target met – but the campaign continues!

By the close of this fundraiser, we had exceeded our target with an amazing total of $43,887 donated. A fantastic achievement - thanks to all who gave so generously!

We are immensely grateful to the hundreds of donors. It is great to know that the community is so firmly with us in this endeavour.

We are also proud of the work our legal team, which will be led in Court by Jim Delany QC, are putting in to prepare the evidence and arguments. It is comprehensive and compelling.

If you are planning to attend the hearing, you will be very welcome. It is expected to run for 3 weeks. The Federal Court building in Melbourne is right next to Flagstaff Station so it is very accessible. Please say hello to the team, we will probably get together over lunch and also to debrief at the end of each day.

Although we achieved the target in this appeal, the fundraising doesn’t stop here. It was never expected that this one campaign would meet ALL the costs of mounting such an important and complex legal challenge. You can still support our case by donating through GiveNow on our website or by Direct Transfer to FLbP, Bendigo Bank ABN: 633 000 Acc: 163 484 702 (Ref: Possums case).

The issue

Victoria’s tall mountain-ash forests in the Central Highlands provide some of the last remaining habitat for the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum and the vulnerable Greater Glider.

These tiny, nocturnal possums need the tall canopies and deep hollows of old-growth eucalypts to survive.

But right now the Victorian government (VicForests) is logging their habitat and driving these fragile creatures closer to extinction.

We urgently need to stop logging in their habitat before we lose these precious creatures forever.

The vulnerable Greater Glider or 'clumsy possum'

The Federal Court case

Almost one year ago, representing Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum, we took VicForests to Federal Court to stop the destruction of precious habitat for the Leady and the Glider.

We won a temporary ban to keep the bulldozers out - but the ban is only temporary while the case goes to Court.

We return to the Federal Court on 3 June for a three week trial. The Court will hear our experts and legal submissions, and our barristers will cross examine VicForests witnesses about their logging and its impact on threatened species.

Acting on behalf of Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum, we’re asking for a Federal Court order to stop logging in 34 forest coupes in Victoria’s Central Highlands that are home to Greater Gliders and Leadbeater’s Possums. We're also asking the court to protect additional forests to mitigate for 32 sites we allege were unlawfully logged in the past.

If we win this case, we can stop logging in these critical areas of the Leadbeater’s and Greater Glider’s habitat and help save them from extinction.

The critically endangered Leadbeater's Possum

National significance

This situation isn’t limited to Victoria. Logging is continuing in threatened species habitat while Regional Forests Agreements (RFAs) between state and federal governments are in place across the country.

RFAs have meant that logging agencies don’t play by the rules of our national environment laws - they continue to bulldoze the homes of threatened species that are meant to be protected.

No other industry has this kind of exemption. Not even mining.

In the 20 years these Regional Forest Agreements have been in place, logging has pushed iconic Australian species like the Swift Parrot, Leadbeater’s Possum, the Koala and the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo closer to extinction.

If we win this case, we'll set a national precedent that could change the way our forests are managed nationally and have a huge, positive outcome for the wildlife we love.

How you can help us win

We need your help to raise $40,000 so we can win this case.

To take this case to court we need to pay for expert witnesses, including travel and accommodation, and other court costs as well as our own barristers and solicitors who are working so hard to prepare and present the strongest arguments and best defence for our forests.

Your donation will give Leadbeater’s Possum and Greater Glider their day in Court and, if we win, can change the future for threatened wildlife across the country.

When governments ignore the laws that are there to protect nature and wildlife, it’s up to communities to stand up and hold them to account.

Together, let’s keep the chainsaws out of our magnificent forests for good for the forests and wildlife we love.

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Team Members

Friends of the Leadbeater's Possum

Brendan Sydes

Margaret Blakers

Steve Meacher

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