Officers of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have arrived at a private logging site adjoining Nightcap National Park where an anti-logging blockade has been set up to protect endangered wildlife and old-growth forest trees.
Local resident Patrick Tatam told Echonetdaily this morning that Forestry Corporation loggers arrived in six utes at about 6.30am and managed to enter the property with police assistance despite a blockade at the front gate.
Mr Tatam said the loggers cleared 50-60 diameter area with a bulldozer and a lifter for stripping logs before the arrival of EPA staff at 9.45am.
‘We understand they are organising the creation of a new access road, maybe from Terania Creek Road,’ he told Echonetdaily.
The current access road traverses a neighbour’s property.
Mr Tatam said the sounds of chainsaws and machinery have ended since the EPA arrive and ‘it seems like work has stopped.’
‘None of the protectors know what’s going on. We’re not even certain what’s become of some of the protectors,’ Mr Tatam said.
‘There are five still at the gate at Whian Whian Road and others at points along access road but we’ve lost communication with them, and are concerned they may have been arrested.’
Yesterday Echonetdaily reported the site contains a grove of extremely rare Bopple Nut trees as well as being home to koalas and a number of rare and endangered flora and fauna.