1. Explanation of Myrtle Wilt.
Impacts on Otway Cool Temperate rainforest
2. Logging elevates the levels of Myrtle Wilt
Myrtle wilt is an air dispersed disease.
3. Buffers required to protect rainforest
Up to 350 metre buffers are required to protect rainforest from logging
4. Myrtle Wilt and Wildfire
The risk of wildfire destroying rainforest is increased by Myrtle Wilt
and clearfell logging.
- Elevated levels of myrtle wilt increase fire risk. Link
- Clearfell logging increases fire risk in rainforest. Link
5. Myrtle Wilt and the Flora and Fauna Guarantee
State legislation designed to prevent myrtle wilt has failed.
6. Myrtle Wilt and the Great Ocean Road Tourism
How myrtle wilt threatens premier rainforest attractions along the Great
7. Why isn't rainforest protected from logging?
Forestry Victoria ignore the myrtle wilt issue to maintain ash sawlog
supply to local sawmills.
8. The Great Myrtle Wilt cover-up
- Code of Forest Practices rainforest buffers ignored. Link
- Critical CSIRO recommendations omitted from the Code of Forest Practices.
- Suppression of Myrtle Wilt research (case studies). Link
- Suppression of Myrtle Wilt research breaches Otway Forest Management
9. Environment Minister Garbutt
does back-flip and ignores myrtle wilt issue:
In December 1996 the then Shadow Environment Minister and current Environment
Minister (Sherryl Garbutt) made a speech to Parliament that supported
an increase in buffers around cool temperate rainforest. Garbutt now supports
clearfell logging close to rainforest.
10. Western Regional Forest Agreement failed to consider
Myrtle Wilt issue
Former Federal Forests and Conservation Minister (Wilson Tuckey) acknowledged
that community concern over Ciancio is putting pressure on the Regional
11. What can be done to save Otway
Summary of key issues and how you can help!
Myrtle Beech foliage. Brown - tree infected with Myrtle wilt; green -
healthy Myrtle Beech.