Regional Forest Agreements

In Tasmania, a logging operation managed in accordance with an FRG is not subject to environmental approvals, otherwise required by the Environmental protection and biodiversity law, or to the protection of rare or threatened species listed in the CAR reserve system. The agreement was supplemented in 2007 by a conclusive presumption that “the parties agree that the CAR reserve system established under this agreement and the application of management strategies and management rules developed within Tasmania`s forest management systems protect rare and threatened animal and plant species and forest communities.” In other words, threatened species have been declared protected regardless of actual circumstances. [2] Even before the bushfires, the government had to deal with the promised amounts of logging. Now that parts of the industry are controversial for immediate access to scorched and unburned land – the two very harmful forms of logging that will harm restoration and living forests – the urgency to combat logging is even greater. In the context of the recent fires, there is an urgent need to advance the Victorian government`s industrial transition from indigenous forests, planned for 2030, and to immediately implement the immediate protection zones and the old measures to protect growth on the ground. NSW and the Australian government have sought the views of all interested parties on further improvements to the sustainable management of NSW`s forests and the expansion of NSW-RFAs for a further 20 years. The consultation included a public submission procedure from January 24 to March 12, 2018, as well as a series of stakeholder meetings and community drop-in meetings across the state in February 2018. The additional burden would have a significant impact on the activity of the forestry sector… Higher compliance costs associated with compliance with dual regulations would reduce the competitiveness of the sector and compromise the integrity and effectiveness of PMRs. [110] To protect Australia`s unique forests and wildlife from more frequent and intense bushfires, governments must eject RFAs and stop the exploitation of native forests.

The consequences of fires and the impact on car reserves also raise legal questions about whether the agreements remain binding, whether the RFAs are valid and whether derogations from the Environmental and Biodiversity Protection Act 1999, which is based on the FRGs, continue to apply.