Mr Andrews, Premier of Victoria.
Congratulations at being, so far, a successful administrator. For the first time the state appears to be functioning well, at least for Melbourne.
Forty years marking time at great cost, is not acceptable.
This is not the ?rst time I have attempted to provoke government interest in the South Gippsland region but it now is the last time.
During that forty years I have lived and worked in a most beautiful and valuable river valley called: ‘Turtons Creek’.
You can see it located near the Foster township.
The attached (not published) map/poster states clearly that it is an important water catchment that ultimately supplies the east branch of the Tarwin river.
More than that it is a very important natural wildlife corridor that also serves the increasing tourist needs.
Unfortunately, due to the long-term lease of the Strzelecki hills for logging, special places like Turtons Creek were included and have been badly used.
The existing pine plantations are now being removed by Hancocks logging and I notice that some logs are large and millable.
I mention that fact because of the Vic Forest demand for more resources.
I have tried and failed many times to encourage the Shire of South Gippsland to realise the importance of this place as a valuable asset.
The valley needs a special overlay which would provide a level of protection and potentially produce a progressive, non-forestry, development.
My presentations and letters over many years have proved futile. This shire simply does not understand or care about long term planning.
The councillors have used such throw a way lines as: If you will live in the boondocks or that’s what you get for living in woop woop, hardly encouraging.
I think the attitude, out of sight out of mind is appropriate.
The government must be aware of the increasing concern by the public for the health of the environment. We are increasingly being told of the wild life extinction, pollution and global warming, etc.
Hancocks, the company involved, could be stimulated to show a level of social awareness by replacing the logged pines with eucalyptus trees and making that a permanent stand for the future.
The logging does, at times, come very close to the creek banks which in this important water catchment area is not good practice.
To show long time concern for the general environment I bought and replanted a run-down dairy farm back to native trees with, I am told, some success.
Let me point out that there is very little natural forest left in this region. We must all act to protect the remnants.
Ron Brown, Mirboo.
Think of the trees, Premier