The effects of Climate Change in Australia vary State by State but we must work to reduce the dryness of our arid soils by 10 per cent to maintain viable agricultural production. One way to achieve this is via the use of bio-solids from regional towns and capital cities. Reducing dryness will stabilise soils and reduce erosion from wind. Our forests also play and important role. They have been called the lungs of the planet! In Victoria our unique wildlife is under threat. I will support:
1. The creation of the Great Forest National Park in Victoria’s Central Highlands.
2. The protection of East Gippsland’s high conservation value forests and threatened species habitat from logging in new reserves.
3. The strengthening of protections for threatened wildlife and ecosystems through regulatory reform of the logging industry.
Our unique system of radial sawing needs to be supported as a means to efficiently use our beautiful hardwoods. But we need to support very strongly efforts to farm timbers sustainably, especially from plantation forests.