Strathbogie Forest highlighted in wisteria

By James Bennett

The monthly Beneath the Wisteria in the Maude St Mall, continued its message in response against climate change on Saturday, but with a more Northern Victorian focus.

The meeting invited guest speaker and chair of various Strathbogie Forest groups Bertram Lobert to explain why forest play a big role in protecting the environment.

Mr Lobert played a major role advocating with the Victorian Government to end harvesting native timbers in the Strathbogie Forest.

He said it was fascinating to hear about the knowledge Shepparton people had on the forests.

“The Strathbogie Forest is the closest to all of the major centres in northern Victoria, whether its Shepparton, Mooroopna or Tatura,” Mr Lobert said.

“Making one-on-one connections is how you get the message out there.

“These people now know and will spread the word among their friends.

“The really important message is the local economy around the Strathbogies are going to the change and the surrounding shires.

“Rather the forests being an enigma nobody understands, it's going be part of the local economy."