their stance on the protection of Geelong's water catchments
In March 2001, the Otway Ranges
Environment Network (OREN) wrote to all elected politicians representing
the wider Geelong Community, seeking a statement of their views and intended
actions in relation to the logging of forested water catchment in the
Otways. To assist them in forming a view, OREN provided each person with
detailed reports on the results
of recent hydrology research for the Otways, and on the economics
of logging in the Otways.
The clear message from our
Members of Parliament is that we cannot rely on them to protect our precious
water catchments, despite scientific evidence that proves water runoff
would increase if logging stopped in Geelong's water catchments.
Letter OREN sent to Members
of Parliament requesting their views on logging in Geelong's water catchments.
State Labor Members of
Peter Loney (Geelong North)
Ian Trezise (Geelong)
Elaine Carbines (Geelong Province)
Made no commitment to supportting
an end to logging in Geelong Water Supply catchments. Did make a commitment
to continue the process of consultation between community groups and
the government regarding water catchments and logging issues.
State Liberal Members
Garry Spry (Bellarine)
Alister Paterson (South Barwon)
Ian Cover (Geelong Province)
Made no commitment to support
an end to logging in Geelong Water Supply catchments. Did acknowledge
that water supply is a precious resource and they support initiatives
for water conservation.
Federal Liberal Member
Stewart McArthur (Corangamite)
Believes clearfell logging
in Geelong Water Supply Catchments can continue. Made numerous assertions
that logging is sustainable and has no impact on the amount of water
Geelong residents receive.
Federal Labor Member of
Gavan O'Connor (Corio) - No
Email addresses for Members
If you are unhappy with the "fence sitting"
approach of you local State or Federal MP, send them an e-mail and encourage
them to get off the fence and support an end to logging in Geelong's Water