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Updated September 19, 2011 12:41:55

The Victorian Supreme Court has extended a ban on logging at a contentious site north-east of Melbourne until next year.

Environmentalists took the government’s forestry arm, VicForests, to court last month over its timber operations at Sylvia Creek, near Toolangi.

They argue the site is home to the threatened Leadbeaters possum.

The court this morning extended an injunction blocking logging until next February, when it will revisit the matter.

David Walsh of VicForests says the group is complying with current legislation but hopes court proceedings will clarify how its timber operations should work.

“VicForests has chosen not to challenge the interim injunction at this stage of the game to allow this matter to be fully resolved at a trial as quickly as possible,” he said.

“VicForests will vigorously defend themselves as the trial begins in 2012.”