Breaches of the
An examination of forest management practice in the Otways reveals a consistent pattern of breaches to the Otway Forest Management Plan (OFMP) with respect to non-timber values.
The following is a review of Forestry Victoria failure to comply with twelve of the OFMP management directives. It is by no means an exhaustive review.
Section 6.5.4 Further Research
Incorporate Silvicultural Systems Project information
into reviews of this plan.
One test site for the Silvicultural Systems Project was set up specifically to determine the impact of different logging techniques on water yield. Rather than having to include any findings of research into future OFMPs, Forestry Victoria cancelled the research in September 1994. The area has since been clearfell logged. Link
Section 6.5.2 Water Quality
Logging occurred within 200 metres of the West Barwon Dam high water mark in March 1997. The West Barwon Dam is part of Geelong's water supply. Link
Section 6.4 Land Degradation
In November 1995, logging practices caused a massive landslide into Barham River. Link
Section 7.1.2 Lower Graded Hardwood Logs
The upper limit for the amount of woodchip from the Otways has been breached every year for the past five years. Well over 60,000 tonnes of woodchip logs have gone to the woodchip mill each year. Link
Section 9.1 Tourism
Clearfell logging was scheduled for the Mt Sabine Area, next to the Sabine falls. Community pressure has stopped the logging so far, but the area is once again scheduled for logging in the coming years. Link
Provide 2WD and 4WD access to recreation sites in 'roaded
Logging frequently occurs right up to edge of tourist roads in roaded
natural areas. Link
Establish and promote an inland loop route connecting
with the proposed Great Ocean Walk through the Otway Range between Castle
Cove and Lorne. The suggested link is from Glenaire via Holy Water Track,
Halls Ridge, Beauchamp Falls, Stevenson Falls, Lake Elizabeth, Curtis
Clearing and Cumberland Track to Lorne.
The Forestry Victoria has not put any new walking tracks since the OFMP was introduced, including any of the suggested walks above.
The Forestry Victoria refuses to consult and work with community groups proposing to develop the Trans Otway Walk.
NRE has closed the existing Sabine Falls walking track claiming it is too expensive to maintain. No walking tracks developed, existing walking track/s closed because of the maintenance costs. Link
Section 6.6 Landscape
Forestry Victoria ignores Visual Quality Objective when they schedule and authorise areas to be logged. See more information.
Prepare, in consultation with interested public groups,
specific visual management guidelines for all proposed activities (including
harvesting) which may be visually apparent within Zone A.
No public consultation occurs despite local community protests over the visual impacts of logging. See Wild Dog Ridge Campaign
Section 8.4.3 Significant Pest Insects and
Forestry Victoria have suppressed Myrtle Wilt scientific reports from the public. Link
Section 6.2.3 Significant Plant Species
The government have failed to create the Action Statements required to provide prescriptions to protect endangered species from logging practices. Link
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