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That’s a wrap! WOTCH in court

That’s a wrap! WOTCH in court

Our mammoth three weeks in court representing Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) has wrapped!   We are so grateful for everyone’s support. To everyone who chipped in a donation, shared our posts on social media or followed the case live: thank you for backing...

Federal court rules on Possums Appeal

Federal court rules on Possums Appeal

In May 2021, the full bench of the Federal Court overturned the landmark win in the case to protect the critically endangered Leadbeater's Possum and vulnerable Greater Glider from logging.   The appeal was won on a single ground - that logging has a wide exemption...

VicForests’ appeal hearing for the Possums Case

VicForests’ appeal hearing for the Possums Case

VicForests’ appeal hearing has wrapped up! After three days in the Federal Court in Sydney, our legal team are heading home to await the outcome of the appeal.   The team arrived at the steps of the Federal Court in Sydney on Monday and were greeted by supporters like...

We’re back in court to defend vital possum habitat

We’re back in court to defend vital possum habitat

The case to protect possums from logging has been running for over three years. And after an incredible win for threatened possums, we’re heading back to court on April 12 to defend vital possum habitat once more. In May 2020, Justice Mortimer found that 66 of...

A huge thank you from our forests

A huge thank you from our forests

We have been blown away by the incredible support from over 1,000 generous supporters to defend possums against VicForests Appeal. Together, we have raised over $70,000 to fight this appeal against our landmark win in the federal court for our clients, Friends of...

Update on our forest cases

Update on our forest cases

This year has been huge for Victoria’s forests and the wildlife that calls them home. Despite the summer bushfires wiping out vast swathes of forest and so much of our precious wildlife, logging has continued across the state. It’s more critical than ever that our...

Dissecting the interim EPBC Act review

Dissecting the interim EPBC Act review

On Monday 20 July, Professor Graeme Samuel released the Interim Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC Act) - a 10-year review of our national environment laws. In the midst of a climate and extinction crisis, it’s...

Federal Court win for our possums!

Federal Court win for our possums!

We are thrilled that the Federal Court decided in favour of Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum (FLBP) in the case to protect the threatened Leadbeater’s Possum and Greater Glider from logging.  The high canopies and deep hollows in the forests of Victoria’s Central...

Supreme Court update: WOTCH vs VicForests

Supreme Court update: WOTCH vs VicForests

It has been a huge few months for our forests and threatened wildlife. On 30 January representing Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH), we launched a Victorian Supreme Court Case against VicForests to stop logging in areas of unburnt habitat for threatened...

A win for our forests and threatened species

A win for our forests and threatened species

The catastrophic summer bushfires have destroyed vast swathes of Victoria’s native forests and millions of animals, including threatened wildlife. Despite the devastation, the Victorian government’s logging agency – VicForests – continues to log unburnt forests home...

Fighting Fires From Burned Ground

Fighting Fires From Burned Ground

We at Environmental Justice Australia acknowledge all those in the Australian community who have and continue to suffer pain and distress caused by this summer’s catastrophic bushfires.      We express our sympathy and support for those who have lost loved ones,...

The next 6 months are crucial for our threatened species

The next 6 months are crucial for our threatened species

It’s time for our government to clean up the act. Right now, we are losing wildlife at an alarming rate with more than 1,800 native plants and animals threatened with extinction. It’s clear the laws put in place to protect our precious wildlife are broken and...

The Victorian Government announces an end to native timber logging

The Victorian Government announces an end to native timber logging

- Emily Giblin, Lawyer, EJA On 7 November 2019, the Victorian government announced several measures to reform, and ultimately phase out, the native timber logging industry in Victoria. Premier Andrews has said the government will end the native timber industry by...

The 10 year review of our national environment laws

The 10 year review of our national environment laws

This week, the federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley announced the ten year review of our federal environment laws – the Environment Conservation and Biodiversity Protection Act (EPBC Act). An incredible 248 scientists signed an open letter to Scott Morrison calling...

Victorian government withdraws proposed changes to Forests Code

Victorian government withdraws proposed changes to Forests Code

Victoria’s Department of Land Environment Water and Planning has withdrawn proposed changes to the Victorian Code of Practice to Timber Production. The draft changes, released for public comment two weeks ago, proposed removing content relating to threatened species...

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