12 Nov 2008, Comments (6)

I write Letters

Author: Helen

Image from http://www.greenlivingpedia.org/Brown_Mountain_old_growth_forest

I’ve written to three State government ministers begging them, begging them, to reconsider the logging of the Brown Mountain / Valley of the Giants area next to the Errinundra Plateau in Victoria.

There are more details here (H/T to Joe2 at LP). But all you really need to know is that the Brumby government made a promise in the 2006 election campaign to protect all significant stands of old-growth forest in Victoria, of which Brown Mountain is one. Now they’re letting VicForests clearfell it.

It’s really unutterably depressing. I’ve used up my letter writing capacity for the year now, any more and I’ll be written off as That Crank on the Cast Iron Balcony. Please write or email, if you have the time.

John Brumby – Premier of Victoria
Department of Premier & Cabinet
1 Treasury Place
Melbourne Victoria 3002
john.brumby@parliament.vic.gov.au
Ministerial Phone (03) 9651 5000; Electorate Office Phone (03) 9300 3851

Gavin Jennings – Minister for Environment and Climate Change
gavin.jennings@parliament.vic.gov.au
Ministerial Phone (03) 9096 8830; Electorate Office Phone (03) 9888 1910

Comments (6)

  • Mark says:

    I write letters too! Only mine have been about climate change and to the Rudd government.

    This time, though, I’m worried that if I start writing to Brumby now it will unclog the dam and lead to an outpouring of anger and disappointment. There are so many things I’ve been angered and disappointed about with Brumby’s government – dastardly poor public transport, clearways threatening local strip shopping and neighbourhood communities, a bias toward roads and highways, a wearing-away of transparency and democracy in govt, and now this … the list goes on. I feel a right-ol’ jeremiad coming on.

    Beware, Helen, you may be responsible for inspiring a letter-writing crank. Electorate officers and Ministerial staff will come to groan and roll their eyeballs when they open their mail…

    By the way, Helen, knowing your fondness for trees and forests, and previous interest expressed in the carnival, I thought you’d be interested in writing something for the next (December) Festival of Trees, with submissions due 29 November. Something about old-growth forests and government betrayal, perhaps? I would like to learn more about these gorgeous giants. We here about the Styx a lot, but less about Victoria’s forests.

    I’m still trying to decide what I’ll write on. Something tropical, perhaps.

  • Helen says:

    I’m worried that if I start writing to Brumby now it will unclog the dam and lead to an outpouring of anger and disappointment. There are so many things I’ve been angered and disappointed about with Brumby’s government – dastardly poor public transport, clearways threatening local strip shopping and neighbourhood communities, a bias toward roads and highways, a wearing-away of transparency and democracy in govt, and now this …

    Oh I so, so hear you.
    That’s why my letter -writing has threatened to get out of control lately.
    Now “S. Newnham” is at it again letterboxing with anti-Green propaganda in the Council elections. Aaargh. (Sorry, non-victorian people. (Shrilly) That was a local comment, for local people! There’s nothing for you here!)

  • DysthymiAnn says:

    I reposted this at my place, hope you don’t mind. I did link to you but when it appeared the link did not. If I repair it, then all the (few) people who get me on a feed will be irritated again ….

    and also, here is a blogger I liked right away. Her newest post is about her priest denying communion to anyone who voted for President-Elect Obama.

  • Helen says:

    Oh, repost away! And I encourage anyone looking at this to do so, too!
    It’s important that as many people as possible become aware of what’s happening, and annoy the government about it.

    They don’t care about old growth forests, dominated by the Right as they are, so the message should be

    ELECTION PROMISE BROKEN

    FAIL.

    With a side serve of “you lot are so gone at the next election.”

  • Mark says:

    Ah, The annoying S. Newnham. You know, an up-and-coming Labor hack of the same name caused much grief at the University and Student representative body I was at some decade and a half ago (more, if I really thought about it). Unsigned, unattributed ‘dirt sheets’ on political opponents were the preferred modus operandi of that minor political moment. Not so minor now, but you know where they get they’re training, of course.

    I wish I hadn’t thrown out all those Student Representative body documents with my last house move. but some of us have the memories of elephants…

  • Mark says:

    Helen, you may be interested in this report, to add weight to further letters to the Brumby government.

    It was released yesterday, and you may have heard of it already. Apparently, Victoria has one of the world’s highest environmental footprints – especially in terms of consumption. We consume way too much petrol, energy and water, and are losing biodiversity and vegetation at terrible rates.

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