8.8 C
Byron Shire
April 23, 2021

Call to halt old growth logging in Tasmania

Latest News

Exciting lineup for 2021 Bangalow Music Festival

Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) yesterday unveiled a stellar Bangalow Music Festival program for August 2021. The theme for the 19th festival is 'music’s inexhaustible joie de vivre'.

Other News

Holiday lets

David Wallace, Suffolk Park The following query was recently sent to NSW Planning Minister Mr Rob Stokes: On Friday, 9 April, 2021,...

Understand climate?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Have you noticed it getting a bit chilly at night recently? Do you think we will have a...

Will the Shenhua Watermark coal mine be cancelled?

News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

MVP is its own award

It’s easy to get excited about Byron’s new MVP restaurant in Lawson St – it’s not only got standout dishes such as Blue Spirulina Linguine with blue swimmer crab and Yamba prawns, and Fettuccine al Ragù with Hayters Hill beef ragù sauce, feta and baby peas, but it’s also all sustainably sourced from local growers, available in takeaway (even delivered if you’re close to town) and more than half of the menu is plant-based.

Yamba restaurants

I’m often asked about Yamba, one of our favourite holiday spots over the last 20 years. With a great range of beaches, walks, tennis courts, skate parks and accommodation etc it’s been great for the kids growing up, and they still love it. Plus, it’s now only 90 minutes’ drive from Mullumbimby.

Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

Clearfelling of old growth forests and the ancient rainforests of takayna/Tarkine. Ed Hill.

The Bob Brown Foundation is calling for a logging halt in Tasmania’s wilderness tracts of old growth forests and the ancient rainforests of takayna/Tarkine. The logging was questioned in the Tasmanian Parliamentary estimates on Wednesday after environmental groups have exposed ongoing clearfelling.

 ‘Old growth forest is being logged in Tasmania. In Tasmania’s Parliament Estimates today evidence of ongoing clearfelling of these fragile ecosystems was presented. Contrary to claims by Minister Courtney that Tasmania’s logging agency is not clearfelling old growth forests, they are,’ Bob Brown Foundation campaign manager Jenny Weber said.

Clearfelling of old growth forests and the ancient rainforests of takayna/Tarkine. Ed Hill.

Tasmania’s Minister for logging Sarah Courtney was provided photographic evidence of clearfelled old growth forests in the Styx River Valley. Greens MHA Cassy O’Connor gave the minister our evidence of a tree approximately 600 year old, stump-logged and burned in the Styx east of the World Heritage boundary.

 ‘Minister Courtney is denying the evidence right in front of her face! Her authorised logging is destroying rapidly vanishing ecological and carbon values that our planet cannot afford. STT’s (Sustainable Timber Tasmania) own material states that within their permanent logging zones there are 34,000 hectares of old growth forest set aside for logging,’ Jenny Weber said.

 The foundation and The Wilderness Society engaged forest advocate Ed Hill and botanist Nick Fitzgerald to assess the logging in Tasmania’s forests. This investigation formed our joint submission to the Forest Stewardship Council auditors who were in Tasmania for the last fortnight assessing Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s application for certification.

 ‘Continued old growth logging in Tasmania makes it very difficult to see how the unsustainable logging agency will meet the requirements of FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council). FSC certification standards require old growth forest to be protected. Tasmania’s rampant logging practices would strip FSC of its own reputation if it were to be certified,’ Jenny Weber said.

 ‘The evidence of old growth logging in the Styx is a small snapshot of the state-wide destruction of these fragile ecosystems as it continues unabated,’ the foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

 ‘Rampant and aggressive clearfelling of old growth forests is occurring right now in the Central Highlands, next to Lake King William, adjacent to the Wilderness World Heritage Area.

 ‘After we revealed the clearfelling of old growth rainforest in takayna/Tarkine last January 2018, the Tasmanian government continues to ignore the climate emergency and extinction crisis that outdates these appalling practices in our environment,’ Jenny Weber said.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Please it is time to stop logging old growth and regrowth forests in Tasmania as they are home to so many protected species. Biodiversity is important for a healthy ecosystem. Tasmania has enough plantation timber forests! Gain carbon credits to instead! Don’t be like the Amazon and certainly not like Victoria and NSW nor QLD!

    It is time to understand the value of old growth forests and leave them standing and not chop them down for wood chips and then send those wood chips overseas on ships spewing GHG emissions!!! That’s a lot of lost carbon credits!!!!!!

  2. Hi Maria, very well put – & the government
    knows what we know. But, they won’t stop
    as long as there’s a buck in it. The pollies
    couldn’t give a rat’s bum. Action’s needed
    yet again.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Pickleball taking off in Ballina

Combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA. Recently the 'Ballina Picklers' travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW Pickleball Championship Open.

Understand climate?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Have you noticed it getting a bit chilly at night recently? Do you think we will have a mild ‘global warming winter’, or...

Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

Shenhua gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.