Melbourne's drinking water and catchment areas put at risk by ‘systemic' illegal logging on steep slopes, experts say

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20 April 2021

Victoria's state-owned logging company VicForests has put Melbourne's drinking supply at risk by illegally logging on steep slopes in an important water catchment area, according to the government regulator.

The Office of the Conservation Regulator, a Victorian government body tasked with monitoring the state-owned logging company VicForests, found breaches of the law at two locations last year but decided not to take action. 

Read the full ABC News article - including commentary from ANU experts Professor Jamie Pittock, Elle Bowd, Professor David Lindenmayer, and Dr Chris Taylor -  here.