The Berejiklian government is proposing to open up over 100,000 hectares of protected old-growth forest and rainforest on public lands for logging. The NSW Nature Conservation Council (NCC) are calling for community action in response and are coordinating a series of free workshops, the Towards Zero Deforestation Roadshow, across the north coast and NSW to discuss new laws and help communities work towards restoring environmental protections.
‘Under the new Biodiversity Conservation Act and changes to other laws, 99 per cent of identified koala habitat on private land can be bulldozed, and eight million hectares of forest and bushland has no protection from deforestation,’ NSW Nature Conservation Council campaigns director Daisy Barham said.
‘On the north coast, koala populations are in trouble, and yet premier Berejiklian’s new laws will push the Australian icon further to the brink of extinction.
‘New laws are accelerating deforestation and the destruction of wildlife habitat for koalas and many of the 1,000 species of plants and animals facing extinction in NSW.’
Speakers will include Jemilah Hallinan from the NSW Environmental Defenders, Daisy Barham and Shirley Hall from the NSW Nature Conservation.
‘These workshops empower people to protect the places and wildlife they love by giving them the resources and knowledge they need to push for urgent changes to the laws,’ said Ms Barham.
Murwillumbah: 6–8.30pm, Monday, July 23 at Cabarita Beach Sports Club Hall, Tweed Coast Road, Bogangar.
Lismore: 6–8.30pm, Tuesday, July 24, Fountain room, Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty Street, Lismore.
Ballina: 6–8.30pm, Wednesday, July 25, Richmond Room, 11 Regatta Avenue, Ballina.
Byron: 7–9pm, Thursday, July 26, Hall, 37 Marvell Street, Byron Bay.
Grafton: 6–8.30pm, Friday, July 27, 104 Bacon Street, Grafton,