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.
Environment groups in NSW have welcomed NSW Labor’s commitment to no automatic rollover of Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) “until there is a proper independent scientific assessment of their outcomes, and the assumptions of the original RFAs are revisited”, and call on Shadow Environment Minister, Tony Burke, to match his State colleagues’ position.
Revelations that Federal Senator Anne Ruston wrote to the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) questioning our integrity during the recent Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) consultation process should concern anyone who takes seriously the importance of community input to policy.
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).