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August 16, 2022

Act now, ALP

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Byron Greens call on the ALP to act now to save endangered species in our forests.

With a change of government we now need a change of bad coalition decisions.

There’s lots to do, but one urgent issue is the protection of endangered species on public lands. It’s simply a case of reversing a shameful action that currently accelerates the extinction of endangered species, including the koala and the greater glider in our region.

Byron Greens support the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) demand that ALP Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek, urgently reverse the coalition’s reckless decision that allows forestry practices to destroy the habitat of endangered species. We have written, and encourage all residents to also contact the minister to reverse the decision. 

In 2018 the coalition withdrew the requirement for pre-logging surveys from the NEFA Agreement (RFA). This year, NSW Forestry Corporation has been fined for breaching its logging conditions, but sadly, the destruction of endangered species habitat is lawful under the coalition’s callous changing of the rules.

We thank NEFA for their vigilance and ongoing alerts about the destruction. The devastation of endangered species is avoidable, it just requires the political will to change the processes back to require surveys prior to logging to ensure the protection of habitat. Please let the government know you care.

Byron Greens


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  1. Comment in reply to article “Act now ALP”.
    Our habitats are extremely important to maintain, look after & replant local native flora in locations identified as weed infested.
    Selective logging of dry forest only, can be sustainable as seedlings must be planted where a tree has been taken.
    The oldest trees must be protected & always identified as habitat.
    One only needs to drive around our Northern Rivers region & observe the neglect by private land owners over the past 40 to 50 years.
    We have a large presence of so called conservationists here on the Far North Coast, who own these parcels of land & have allowed, by neglect the Camphor Laurel weed to naturally remove & deny native flora species to exist.
    Come on Byron Greens, take a drive, witness the destruction of our habitat through sheer neglect & encourage land owners to remove the weeds (Camphor) & replant the species that actually create a healthy habitat.
    Koala’s do not eat Camphor Laurel or are they found in Camphor Laurel trees.

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