Strange times for NPA and the NSW public!
Oisin Sweeney, Senior Ecologist, National Parks Association of NSW
Members and supporters have received several emails from NPA over the last couple of months on the subject of native forest logging on public land and the laws that permit it: Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs). A lot has happened recently, so it’s a good time for an update. Let’s start at the beginning.
The National Parks Association of NSW Inc (NPA) commends Government recognition of the threats to koala habitat and the key role of national parks in species conservation, but fears the new koala strategy will prove inadequate and a waste of money under current policy settings.
A blockade to prevent logs from being removed from known high value koala habitat in Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, was yesterday broken up by police.
Community representatives from the Bellingen Environment Centre have made a pollution line incident report of pollution occurring yesterday in Woods Creek in Gladstone State Forest following recent logging and heavy rainfall.
The revelations in Sunday’s Sydney Morning Herald that the Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton, signed off on NSW’s land clearing laws in full knowledge of the impacts on wildlife and ecosystems highlight how koala habitat on public land must be protected as a matter of urgency, says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).
Eight NSW environment groups have written to Premier Berejiklian today urging her to intervene to protect an area of Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, vital to the protection of koalas in NSW.