Poison Deviny
Classic Miranda, 2011: “This month the Yarra Ranges Council voted to boycott Reflex paper, a locally produced paper made from the waste of local timber mills. Greens councillor Samantha Dunn proposed the boycott in a “late item to the chair”, which did not appear on the council agenda and caught ratepayers such as local farmer and agricultural contractor Rick Houlihan unawares. The council went ahead at that meeting earlier this month and voted to join the Wilderness Society’s Ethical Paper Pledge. That is despite the fact that the council doesn’t use Reflex paper, despite the fact that the timber industry is the largest employer in the region and that paper made at the nearby Maryville mill is made from the pulp of legally harvested timber.”

"The production of woodchips for pulp and paper is the largest driver of forest destruction in Australia and Australian Paper, maker of Reflex, is the largest domestic purchaser of pulplogs from Victoria’s native forests. Viable alternatives exist. Australia currently has a vast amount of plantation wood available so there is no excuse for Reflex to be produced from the destruction of our native forests. Logging native forests damages crucial wildlife habitat, damages water catchments and releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere - globally, ‘logging and land-use changes’ account for approx 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, most forestry jobs are in the plantation sector but state governments use our taxpayer dollars to sell native forests at artificially low prices, undermining the plantation sector and putting plantation jobs at risk.”