19.3 C
Byron Shire
December 10, 2022

40 day Stop Work Order for Forestry Corporation

Latest News

Calls to reverse NSW anti-protest laws

The harsh sentencing of Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco for stopping a lane of traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April this year has led to a range of protests and the call to reverse NSW anti-protest laws by lawyer and Greens NSW Legislative Council Member Sue Higginson.

Other News

Byron paramedics

Our health services are seriously under-resourced, wait times at emergency departments are out of control, nurses have been on...

4WD restrictions at South Ballina beach to stay

Moves towards use of a smart phone app to help control 4WD access to South Ballina’s beach have failed in a recent Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Mullum’s zebra crossing win hard fought by residents

A zebra crossing is being installed at a pedestrian safety blackspot near the centre of Mullumbimby, following a long-running campaign by a group of local residents.

From the heart 

I’d just like to mention the fact that your publication has been a stalwart in the background of my...

Handball bouncing kids back after the floods

Following the 2022 floods, Albert Park Public School teacher Troy Davies had an idea to bring about a bit of much-needed fun into students’ lives by suggesting the handball competition to beat them all.

Feel your bliss

After a year’s absence owing to Covid, House of Bliss is proud to present its 9th all-day chant festival...

Photo of what’s left of a tree at Wild Cattle Creek.

The EPA has imposed a 40 day Stop Work Order on Forestry Corporation logging in Compartments 32, 33 and 34 of Wild Cattle Creek State Forest, inland from Coffs Harbour, after their finding of two giant trees >140 cm cut down.

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) welcome what they say is the EPA’s belated imposition of the Order.

NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh says that despite NEFA making numerous requests in the past for the EPA to issue Stop Work Orders they have refused to do so, instead taking years to investigate while allowing the Forestry Corporation to go on offending and cover up evidence.

‘It is great that the EPA have issued their first Stop Work Order on the Forestry Corporation, though reprehensible that the EPA waited 9 days after finding the breaches on 9 July until logging was virtually complete before stopping work,’ said Mr Pugh.

NEFA waited over a year and a half for EPA action

‘NEFA have been waiting over a year and a half for the EPA to take action in relation to other serious breaches in Wild Cattle Creek State Forest, yet they still won’t tell us what breaches they found or what action they are taking.

‘While the EPA dither the Forestry Corporation continue their illegal logging in the expectation that they will get away with it, as they usually do.

Mr Pugh said that NEFA have reported thousands of illegally logged hollow-bearing trees in the past. ‘At best, the EPA only issue warning letters, and often not even that. It is not surprising that the Forestry Corporation regularly flout the rules.

‘The situation is dire for the plethora of native animals dependent upon the hollows provided by large old trees, and the few left in our forests were further depleted by the recent fires.

‘All trees >80 cm diameter need to be protected to maintain the hollows vital to the survival of so many of our unique animals. Even the EPA recommended in 2016 that trees >120 cm diameter should be protected, though were overridden by the Forestry Corporation.

‘The Forestry Corporation’s claims that measurements of tree bases are unreliable beggars belief as the rules are so explicit that anybody with a tape can do it.’


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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Now we have even more homeless birds and animals after the bushfires. We obviously need to get rid of the corrupted suits that are managing this. Seriously, how is it possible they are not able to read a tape measure? Too stupid? Nope. Corrupted and greedy for profit? Yep!

  2. I’m so over this ridiculous excuses for constant destruction of wildlife habitat. Yes, 40 years ban would be more like it. Enough now.

  3. Why is logging being permitted anywhere?
    There’s precious little native habitat and forests left!
    It doesn’t create much employment, and is accelerating climate change, so drought and firestorms are more likely in future.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Tweed Council secures environmental water sharing during drought

Two items at last week's Tweed Shire Council meeting highlighted the commitment of the council to sharing water with the environment even during low-flow and drought periods. 

Celebrating the life of Jack Paris Crittle

Young DJ and keen surfer, Jack Crittle, was tragically killed in a car accident last week. A celebration of his life will be held this Monday, 12 December at 10am.

Mullum’s Federation Bridge closed again tonight

Mullum and hinterland residents and visitors are reminded that Federation Bridge will be closed again tonight from 6pm to 4am for repairs. 

Changing the world with non-violent action

‘Nonviolence  is an intensely active force when properly understood and used.’ These are the words of Gandhi, the man who led nationwide campaigns in his country to ease poverty by creating a movement of resistance that contributed to ending British Rule in India.