11 December, 2007

HERALDSUN: Yarra Ranges Shire Council to fight logging plans

December 11, 2007, Herald Sun, [article source]

Yarra Ranges Shire Council will fight state government plans for two logging coupes in a key Melbourne water catchment area.

The council last month voted unanimously to oppose logging earmarked for the Armstrong and Cement Creek catchments and has vowed to take the fight to the Premier and Environment and Water ministers.

The catchments flow into the Upper Yarra Dam, Melbourne's third biggest.

The council says logging has a detrimental effect on water yield because regrowth trees need more water and affect water quality.

Cr Samantha Dunn said it was poor policy to log water catchments, particularly in a time of record low inflows.

The State Government's commercial forestry arm, VicForests, has planned seven coupes in Armstrong Creek over the next two summers, another four in Cement Creek next summer and eight in the Thomson catchment this summer.

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