23.8 C
Byron Shire
February 5, 2023

Forest protectors determined to save Bulga

Latest News

Swivel by name, drivel by nature

The lack of authenticity of Byron Councillor, Mark Swivel, does not come as a surprise from this side of...

Other News

It’s not the fossils, it’s the fools 

Humans have been muddling along in cities for around twelve thousand years, says Wikipedia, although if you count using an alphabet of some kind as the criterion of civilisation, the time span drops to a mere fifty centuries.

Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

Just off the road between Alstonville and Ballina, the spectacular Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park has re-opened, bigger and better, after an injection of funding and lots of hard work from dedicated volunteers.

A play that puzzles and delights

The multi-award-winning play is a puzzle of scenes that are slowly put together by the audience to tell the...

Trove runs out of funding in June. How will the loss of the service affect Australian and Pacific research?

Most of Trove’s 22 million annual page visits come from members of the public: family historians, students, and general browsers interested in the six billion records it houses. But over the past 14 years, the archive has also become a crucial resource for academic work.

They are Hotshots

The two-hour production is a visual feast, choreographed and developed by Australia’s leading professionals and a hand-picked selection of dreamy guys who will have the ladies up from their chairs, screaming for more, night after night. With a totally interactive production, The Secret Fantasies Tour is the perfect night out with the girls.

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

Isla Lamont has been up in the tripod since before dawn. Photo supplied.

Forest protestors at Bulga Forest are nothing if not determined to resist what they say is the logging carnage in the area.

The community of the Bulga Plateau and friends blocked work again this morning, standing in the way of the logging machines to try and prevent further work in the Bulga State Forest.

Access to the logging area was blocked by a young forest protector on a tripod.

Couldn’t stand idly by

Forest protectors including Sue Higgins MLC at Bulga this morning. Photo supplied.

Isla Lamont, 21, was born in Taree. Lamont said the Bulga Plateau with its waterfalls, forests and secret swimming holes has always had a special place in her heart. ‘I spent some of the happiest days of my life here. It is one of those places where all is green and good in the world. I couldn’t stand idly by knowing that the bulldozers were destroying Bulga forest.

‘If not me then who?’

Lamont says it’s only been three years since this area was ringed by fire. ‘So many animals died. The gum trees might have leaves on them again but the animals are only holding on to existence by the tips of their claws.

‘If I have children I want them to have the chance to see Greater Gliders, Sooty Owls, Spotted-tailed quolls and Koalas.’

Sue Higginson MLC. Photo Tree Faerie.

Save our Forest Home

Lamont was supported by dozens of other people, holding colourful banners and signs, many with koala masks and chanting ‘Save our Forest Home!’

They are joined by Greens MLC Sue Higginson.

Higginson said she joined the community today as they draw the line and stand up to protect the public native forest from destruction. ‘The police arrived and I had a good discussion with them about the need to protect our public native forests,’ she said.

‘There is a young person in a tripod and someone in a tree-sit in the logging compartment.

‘The community is brave and resolved to protect this forest. Both the coalition government and the Labor opposition need to wake up and support the community, the science and the timber workers.

Public native forests

Higginson said it cost the NSW community $9m last year to log our public native forests. ‘It’s nonsense! The industry needs to be in plantations not native forests.’

The Bulga Forest is west of Port Macquarie, on a ridge of the Great Dividing Range, it’s forests are the water catchment for the towns Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Taree and Wingham.

The area was caught between the Rumbadump and Coombes Complex fires in 2019. At that time the local community, set up their own 24 /7 ‘community support hub’ and provided food and support for dozens of fire crews and affected residents over many weeks.

The group has set up a forest support camp at the Ellenborough Falls campground to provide food and care for all those who come to help with their efforts.


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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Another test for Perrottet, Toole and Minns who “threaten our way of life” with their draconian anti-Democracy law, as more protesters make a stand to protect our future.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Land values rise

Your cover story on 25 January claims that land valuation rises could herald increases in Council rates. This is potentially misleading. A council’s total...

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a protest outside Mullum’s Council Chambers! By...

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’