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September 24, 2021

Forestry only doing what they’re meant to

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Councillors and members of parliament from across the region are calling for greater restrictions on who can come to the Northern Rivers and other vulnerable regional areas from COVID hotspots in NSW.

A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

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The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

Friday’s agreement between community protesters and the Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) was a great result for the community but FCNSW is legally obliged to do surveys properly in the first place. If only FCNSW were willing to do their job properly – that would have to include thorough surveying by qualified staff and application of prescriptions to minimise impacts on threatened species and ecological communities.

Even if EPA had the support from government and arms-length type of integrity to apply Penalty Infringement Notices (PIN) for willful breaches, a $300 PIN alone will never change this recalcitrant bureaucratic culture.

At the end of the day, and without wanting to detract from this truly positive achievement, FCNSW log forests with tens of threatened species in them every day of the week. How is that ecologically sustainable? How will logging with such little scientific support help us meet our international obligations to protect threatened species from extinction? It won’t.

Glen Little, Dorrigo


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