Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week used Parliamentary debate to call on Premier Daniel Andrews to cease involvement with MyEnvironment.
Mr Blackwood said MyEnvironment, and its Director Sarah Rees, had engaged in deliberately misleading and false statements regarding logging to gain political advantage in an effort to kill of the logging industry in Victoria.
‘I again raise concerns about the claims being made by the radical environmental group MyEnvironment and I question why the Premier continues to take advice from this extremist radical Green group,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Sarah Rees, representing My Environment, continues to spread lies and misinformation about the operations of VicForests and the Victorian native forest timber industry.
‘In recent weeks Sarah Rees has been quoted in the media making false statements about Koalas alleging that they are threatened with extinction due to timber harvesting.
‘Ms Rees has claimed that dead koalas have been found on logging coups on the Baw Baw plateau which is a blatant lie.
Mr Blackwood said that the actions of Sarah Rees and MyEnvironment were nothing new and questioned if the organisation was acting insolvent having still not paid more than $1.2 million in damages following a 2012 court case and subsequent court ruling against them in 2015.
‘MyEnvironment were involved in a court case in 2012 challenging the management practices of VicForests in relation to Leadbeater’s possum habitat.
‘They lost the court case, and subsequent appeal, and were ordered to pay VicForests’ court costs of $1.235 million. They have not complied with that court order, and MyEnvironment are in breach of the Corporations Act 2011 by trading while insolvent.
‘MyEnvironment has shown no respect for the 23,000 Victorian timber industry workers or their families with their false and defamatory claims.
‘The Premier and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change continue to engage with Sarah Rees and MyEnvironment putting Green preferences first, and legitimate Victorian jobs last ’ Mr Blackwood said.