Proposed Solutions

 

 

Great Forest National Park

The Central Highlands of Victoria are home to the world’s tallest flowering plants, the Mountain Ash, and one of Australia’s most endangered mammals, the Leadbeater’s Possum. Both are threatened by ongoing clearfell logging and bushfires.

To ensure their survival, we need to create a new national park, not only to protect possums and forests, but carbon stocks and water supplies.  

The Great Forest National Park is a proposal to protect the Mountain Ash forests to the north east of Melbourne, stretching from Kinglake to Mt Baw Baw. Mountain Ash forests are listed as critically endangered ecosystems by the International Union for Conservation and Nature

Scientists warn that unless logging ceases in these forests through the creation of the Great Forest National Park the ecosystem could collapse in the next 40 years.

The Great Forest National Park is a nature tourism boom waiting to happen.

The proposed Park could draw almost 380,000 extra visitors a year to the Central Highlands, add $71 million annually to the local economy and generate 750 jobs with a little private investment, according to a new report by the Nous Group.   

East Gippsland’s Emerald Link

East Gippsland is home to the last intact alpine to coastal forest on mainland Australia. Forests run uninterrupted from alpine to coastal environments, making this region one of the most spectacular wilderness regions in Australia.   

The Emerald Link proposal seeks to protect forests, invest in nature based tourism and make East Gippsland Victoria’s premiere wilderness tourism destination through the creation of a Sea to Summit forest trail.

The Emerald Link will connect existing national parks and protected areas to create a continuous network of protected forests from the Australian Alps to the East Gippsland Coast.  

East Gippsland is the only place in Victoria where old growth forest is still being logged. Ancient trees, some over 500 years old are being destroyed.  

The region is extremely important for rare and threatened species, some that are found nowhere else on earth.

Over one third of all threatened species found in Victoria depend on East Gippsland’s environment.

Rare rainforests that do not occur elsewhere in the state is also under threat from logging in East Gippsland.