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Notice given 4 April 2000

502  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Victoria’s Western Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) was signed by the Victorian State Government in the week beginning 30 March 2000, in spite of opposition from local governments in the region,

(ii) clear fell logging is being conducted in water catchments supplying Geelong, in spite of the fact that Geelong is in its third year of water restrictions,

(iii) Colac Otways Shire, Greater Geelong Shire and Surf Coast Shire have all made submissions to the State Government inquiry into RFAs arguing that tourism and water catchments are likely to be affected by logging in the Otways,

(iv) Gold Plains Council has criticised the RFA process,

(v) the Mayor of Wyndham Shire has expressed public concern over the Western RFA, and

(vi) this highlights local councils’ and communities’ concerns with the Western RFA; and

(b) urges the Federal Government to review the entire RFA process and move quickly to sourcing Australia’s timber and wood-chipping needs from plantations.