Logging related stories on this site.

Residents and activists defending old forests at Toolangi (VIC). 2012.

biomass power plant planned for New South Wales far south coast. 2010. From the ABC.

Glen Wills logging
April 2010

This stream provides water to the Glen Wills Mountain Retreat. A logging coupe is planned on the ridge immediately above.

Out beyond the Bogong High Plains, and about a 45 minute drive north of Omeo is the lovely valley of Glen Wills. This small community is increasingly gaining a reputation as a place where low impact eco tourism provides a reliable income for locals. From ski touring and walking on the High Plains to rafting on the Mitta Mitta and a range of other activities, Glen Valley is a real oasis.

We are currently working with some local land owners and tourism operators to get a number of logging coupes removed from the cutting schedule. This is partly because there will be considerable visual impacts along a section of the Alpine Walking Track (the major trail that goes from Walhalla to Canberra) and also because there are plans to harvest directly above the water supply of the Glen Wills Mountain Retreat.

Please check below for details on a letter you can send to the Minister for Climate Change and Environment, Gavin Jennings.

Many thanks.

Dear Minister Jennings

request for withdrawal from coupes from cutting schedule

I am writing to you concerning proposed logging coupes in the Glen Wills valley north of Omeo.

You will be aware that there is a small but growing eco tourism industry developing in the Glen Wills area. A number of local people and tourism operators have expressed concerns at coupes that are planned in the current schedule, specifically the following coupes:

  • 749-509-0006 and
  • 749-509-0008

These are situated upslope of, and about 200 metres from the water supply of the Glen Wills Mountain Retreat. It can be expected that given the steepness of the slope (up to 30%) that there will be substantial inflow of silt into the stream and less water available – especially in summer – as re-growth develops.

In addition, these coupes are likely to be highly visible from the Australian Alps Walking Track, on the section between Glen Wills and Mount Wills South.

  • 684-515-0001, which is on the opposite side of the valley.

This coupe is similar to 12-684-511-01, which was withdrawn from the harvest schedule in November 1999 because of concerns raised by a number of individuals and user groups. Apart from significant visual impacts for people living in or staying in Glen Wills, the coupe runs along the edge of the Australian Alps Walking Track. Our understanding is that generally an attempt is made to minimise visual impacts on this well known trail.

An additional concern expressed by locals about these coupes relates to the widespread infestation of English Broom. It seems likely that clear fell logging in areas where broom is gaining a real stronghold will facilitate the further spread of this highly invasive species given its ability to act as an early coloniser after disturbance.

I write to urge you to remove the coupes identified above from the timber plan for the area.

Please add your name and contact details and email to:

The Hon Gavin Jennings

Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Innovation


or post to:

The Hon Gavin Jennings

Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Innovation

Level 22, 50 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne 3000