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Byron Shire
December 1, 2022

Lock-on in Ellis State Forest stops logging

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Carly Flemming says he is devastated that those in power are choosing inaction in the face of undeniable species extinction. Photo supplied.

This morning a woman has locked-on to machinery in Ellis State Forest, west of Coffs Harbour, to prevent NSW Forestry Corporation (FCNSW) from logging.

Bellingen resident Carly Flemming is locked-on to a harvester, immobilising the primary logging machine.

The Bellingen Activist Network demands that native forests are safeguarded from the unruly behaviour of Forestry Corporation NSW (FCNSW) to protect threatened wildlife, waterways and the climate.

Anti-logging protestors in Ellis State Forest.

Ms Flemming said she is devastated that those in power are choosing inaction in the face of undeniable species extinction. ‘They make a mockery out of all of us as they fund an unprofitable industry that is destroying precious koala habitat, ruining our waterways and fuelling the climate crisis.’

Core habitat for koalas

The Bellingen Activist Network says that Ellis State Forest was identified as being core habitat for one of the largest populations of koalas on the North Coast. The group is concerned that FCNSW is continuing to log native forests in the midst of an extinction crisis, pushing species like the koala towards a point of no return.

This morning Flemming said we need to see an end to native forest logging immediately. ‘The local Forestry sector employs fewer people than the Bellingen IGA. Current contracts and obligations should be cancelled, with impacted workers transitioning into more secure work.’

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The Bellingen Activist Network says that the recently released State of the Environment report demonstrates that Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent, and has one of the highest rates of species decline in the world. More than 100 Australian species have been listed as either extinct or extinct in the wild, with loss of habitat listed as one of the key drivers.

The Network says that Ellis State Forest and nearby forests, Wild Cattle Creek have been featured in the media lately with contentions over logging breaches and that in July, FCNSW were prosecuted for over $285,600 in fines and costs imposed by the Land and Environment Court for illegally logging a Koala High Use Area, rainforest and a rainforest buffer in Wild Cattle Creek State Forest in 2018.

A Bellingen Activist Network spokesperson said they believe that Forestry Corporation will continue to breach its weak environmental protocols unless the community steps in and holds them to account. ‘They have broken the community’s trust showing a blatant disregard for threatened wildlife habitat and fines alone are not enough.

Non-violent direct action

‘Non-violent direct action has been used successfully for decades to challenge the systems that destroy nature for profit. Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent on Earth… if we don’t take bolder action who will? It is absolutely time for communities to step up and take matters into their own hands.’

The Bellingen Activist Network invite people who value a diversity of species, healthy waterways and a stable climate, to join a growing community of people standing up to protect public native forests.

More information can be found at: www.facebook.com/BellingenActivistNetwork

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  1. What a wonderful young lady !
    Why can’t others see how this destruction is forever and is not only, not needed but is positively detrimental to the economic interests of the area, the state and the nation ?
    This is a monstrosity , Forestry NSW , and apparently the silent community are Jack-Booting our forests into extinction for toilet paper.
    Shame on Forestry, State government and all you who sit by and do NOTHING !
    Cheers, G”)

    • I grew up in a full blown sub-tropical rainforest. Small parts were cleared, half of it was burnt out in a massive bush fire. Within 20 years the fire damaged area was back to normal and the cleared area was scrub with a thin canopy.
      At the rate forestry is clearing, they would be lucky to keep 2% of the area anywhere near ‘clear’ at any given time. If you want them to create green rolling hills, they would have to increase clearing by two orders of magnitude to be able to out pace nature.
      But what does math and logic have to do with it, It’s all about feels and virtue signalling.

    • Ken, it is all part of former NSW Environment Minister Matteo Kean’s plan to double Koala numbers in the wild.
      Increase Koala numbers by decreasing their habitat, way to go!

      • How would you know if they have doubled or halved. It’s be admitted they are uncountable. It’s also been admitted they don’t like living around human habitat.

  2. I went and checked out the photos. There is another photo with someone else ‘chained’ to the exact same part of the exact same machine about 30 mins earlier. Do they take turns? I thought they were chaining themselves in a way that requires them to be cut free? Do they have a key so they can take a pee break?
    I mean they are breaking the law, so has Carly been arrested yet? Where’s that story?


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