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Tweed MP saves koalas from logging – for now

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This included local Tweed Nationals MP Goeff Provest along with Liberals Shayne Mallard and Felicity Wilson.

‘Mr Provest told the Government he was not prepared to support the bill. The Government withdrew the bill,’ a spoklespeson for Mr Provest told The Echo. 

‘This is the second time that these same proposed legislative changes have been defeated by a member of the Government, last time it was Catherine Cusack crossing the floor to defeat the Local Land Services Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill,’ said North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

‘The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Private Native Forestry) Bill 2022 intended to remove protection for core koala habitat, allow logging almost everywhere over private lands, and take away community rights to have a say in where and how logging can occur in their Local Government Area.

‘The PNF bill was not just an attack on koalas in an attempt to allow logging everywhere, it is also an attempt to remove community’s rights to be informed and have a say in what happens in their areas,’ explained Mr Pugh.

‘We would particularly like to thank the Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest for threatening to cross the floor and vote against his own Government’s bill.

‘While these changes have been defeated for the second time, unfortunately, they will be resurrected after the election unless there is a change of Government or Premier Perrottet gives a cast-iron promise to bury it forever.’

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  1. Where’s Giovanni Domenic ‘John’ Barilaro when you need him most, to once and for all put paid to those pesky ‘tree rats’ aka Koala.

  2. Not that this should be so focused on koalas – it shouldn’t as koalas’ habitat needs are much less threatened than the needs of species that require hollows, but, on the issue of koalas…

    The biggest threat to koalas is certainly not logging; it is far down the list.

    The biggest threat to koalas is climate change – which will be made worse if the community lets the green extremists keep demonising the use of timber that does not come from an exotic pine plantation where native habitat no longer exists.

    Second is habitat loss – from the permanent clearing of native habitat. This is primarily done to facilitate population growth (urban and infrastructure development), and sometimes to allow more agricultural production (not particularly relevant to the NR, but real elsewhere). Not for logging to get timber.

    Logging is an impact somewhere further down the list – a distant (at least) third.

    The environment movement is a disgrace focusing on this minor impact on koalas when they should focus on the first two – and for focusing on koalas at the expense of other species that logging operations can have a much bigger impact on if they are done the wrong way

  3. Don’t be fooled by this pre-election spin, Provests Liberal and National coalition party Govt will eventually get this pro logging legislation passed if they get another 4 year term in Govt.
    Never Ever forget! If you vote LNP anywhere you will get the worst anti environment, economic, worker LNP legislation everywhere. This legislation was only blocked because Fred Nile voted with Labor and the Greens to block the LNP in the upper house!

  4. The ‘Teals’ win again!
    They should be honest and come out from hiding behind the LIbs.
    To be honest with the electorate they should join the Greens or form their own registered Party.
    This minority make it so very hard for property owners to manage their land/incomes in these times of flood, fire and timber shortage.
    What do Councilors really know about present selective logging regulations and strict preservation of seed/koala-habitat trees ?
    I bet most Mayors would be glad not to have to hire extra staff for this contentious and excess paperwork.

    • Rob L, ha ha ha. Have a good cry that your Liberal Party stuffed themselves up.

      The Teals, these are former women Liberal Party supporters, successful business women, that the Liberal Party said No to.
      Talk about ‘own goals’ and the Liberals like Brad Hazard stay in complete denial.


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