Toolangi grannies stop logging on Mount St Leonard

July 26, 2012
Photo: Amelia Young/Twitter

The statement below was released by Toolangi residents on July 27. The lock-on is taking place on the corner of Myers Creek Rd and Monda Track, Toolangi.


What do you do when you watch magnificent native forest habitat on your beloved mountain being bulldozed, loaded on to convoys of huge log trucks and carted off to the woodchippers to be turned into paper! You get angry and determined – that’s what!

Toolangi grandmothers, fed up with being kept awake at all hours by the sound of chainsaws, dozers and log trucks, have chained themselves to the bulldozers in a logging coupe on the slopes of Mount St Leonard.

They hope their desperate action will convince Premier Baillieu to put a stop to the madness of destroying the much-visited iconic mountain in the Yarra Valley. Still more coupes are to be carved out of the mountain slopes and the resulting
coupe burns and wind tunnels will turn a once beautiful landscape into a eyesore and a firetrap.

“This is not the future I wish to leave for my grandchildren”, said local resident Lynn Dean.

Police, DSE and VicForests staff are expected to try to stop the protest. Local residents, including business owners, tourism operators and CFA volunteers will be ... supporting the brave grandmothers.

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