Jan Barham, Broken Head
Our North East Forests are a biodiversity treasure and have been protected by the enduring work of regional residents since the historic 1979 Terania Creek rainforest protection campaign.
In the early 1990s, under a coalition State Government, the ongoing destruction of state forests was successfully challenged in the courts by John Corkill, on behalf of North East Forest Alliance (NEFA). The 1995 State election resulted in a win for the ALP Carr Government and Greens member, Ian Cohen, on the priority issue of forest protection.
Now, the State and Federal coalition governments have done it again; disregarding climate change and the recent fire destruction of our forests, and instead they have adopted new Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) that would allow further logging in areas that must be protected.
But again NEFA is taking legal action against these environmental criminals. I applaud the ongoing work of NEFA and the people who have joined the many past and recent protest actions. Now it’s back to court, so please support this legal challenge. When governments fail it’s the efforts of citizens that makes change possible. We must defend what is precious. Many small donations will make a difference, go to https://chuffed.org/project/nefa-is-taking-government-to-court.