Updated Friday 1st December 2006.
During the 2006 Victorian State Election OREN became concerned the Liberal Partry Forest Policy would support clearfell logging in the Otways as there was a committment within the policy to legislate the West Regional Forest Agreement.
The Liberal Party Forestry policy for the 2006 election is here. (word).
What also alarmed OREN was the fact the Liberals Forest Policy which was relased on Saturday 18th November, was not on the official Liberal Party web site for the public to see. (See OREN press release below)
The 2000 West RFA agreement is here.(pdf)
The Victorian Premier formally announced the West Regional Forest Agreement, (West RFA) was cancelled in November 2002.
OREN was concered as Liberals found it hard to support legislation to create the Great Otway National Park. See more.
Below is a press release released by OREN and a responce press release released by the Liberal shadow forest minister David Koch the next day.
This short media campaign by OREN (covered by all media outlets in south west Victoria) prompted the Liberal Party to put their forest policy onto the Victorian Liberal website at 10:13am on Tuesday 21st November, four days after is was launched. The Liberals also issued a public statement supporting a ban on logging in the Otways (see below).
OREN Press Release
Tuesday, 21 November 2006
Liberals Press Release
Wednesday, 22 November 2006