Future of Gippsland forests?

Friday 10 May 2024

Miners and prospectors are concerned that the state government’s study into the future of Gippsland’s forests could limit mining and impact local economic growth. The government-appointed taskforce, led by former Environment Minister Lisa Neville, is investigating the forest’s future, including areas used for timber harvesting.

The Minerals Council of Australia and the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria have criticised the lack of mining industry input in the process. The taskforce is considering extending areas of forest into protected conservation zones that are mineral rich. The Minerals Council estimates there is significant potential for gold and critical minerals worth at least $3.4 billion in the area.

The state government says the end of native timber harvesting creates new opportunities to improve forest management, balancing recreation and tourism for Victorians to enjoy outdoors, while protecting the environment and supporting Traditional owner self- determination.

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Source: Australian Rural & Regional News

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