Parliament

Illegal tree felling

November 28, 2019

Constituency question - My constituency question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. It has been reported to me by my constituent Mr Joel Hoffman that at least 40 large old-growth trees have been cut down illegally from Reedy Swamp, which is a part of the Lower Goulburn River National Park in close proximity to Shepparton. I have received further reports of illegal tree cutting in the Loch Garry area. Mr Hoffman witnessed these acts and has provided evidence of both video footage and photos of the perpetrators to Parks Victoria. However, he tells me that there appears to have been no action taken and that the tree cutting continues. These are old-growth trees and it is concerning that there has been no response. Can the minister inform me where this investigation is up to and the action being taken?

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