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Logging couldn’t go ahead this morning because yesterday, Save Banyabba’s Koalas Valerie Thompson, bought teh ‘Gully Giants’ a reprieve. Logging was unable to commence due to the logging machinery having been ‘captured’ by the ropes suspending Valerie’s tree platform.

‘I relish the opportunity to spend the night in the forest. I’m hoping I will hear a forest owl or the screech of a yellow-bellied glider, or maybe the bellow of a koala,’ said Valerie. 

‘These animals are why I’m here. They depend on the hollows in these old trees to survive. When the trees go, the animals will go too. It could be 100 years until there are trees big enough to provide the size hollows they need.

Some ‘Giants’ already gone

‘At the moment it’s not looking good. We had hoped that the Forestry Corporation would leave these giants, but we’ve seen one on a log truck and another in the log dump.

‘I felt compelled to do something, hoping against hope that as a result of my helping to bring this travesty to public attention someone in authority might be prepared to negotiate. I understand a formal complaint is being submitted today about Forestry’s breaches and calling for an immediate Stop Work Order. I’d be happy to free the machines if they’ll let the old trees live in peace.’

As Valerie sits in the tree waiting for the police to do the bidding of the Forestry Corporation, Greens Senator Janet Rice, is introducing legislation into the Federal Parliament to end native forest logging. 

The Ending Native Forest Logging 2023 Bill ‘If passed, will immediately halt the destruction of Australia’s precious native forests and close the loophole used by the logging industry to skirt our national environment laws,’ said Senator Rice.

Valerie said that according to the Australian National University survey the majority of Australians want the logging of native forests to stop. 

‘I feel despair as the special forest places are destroyed one by one. But it is not happening in my name. In fact a community attitude survey from the Australian National University showed that the overwhelming majority of Australians from all walks of life, all ages and all parts of the country, want our native forests protected. It goes without saying people even more strongly about the big old trees.

‘In this time of climate and biodiversity crises, and as a mother, I believe we all need to be the Lorax. We all need to speak for the trees, even if it comes at some personal cost.

‘Today, Senator Janet Rice is introducing legislation into the Federal Parliament to end native forest logging. The day will come, I fervently hope there are still some forest giants left when the decision is finally made,’ Valerie said.

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  1. Thank you for doing the story today even though you’ve done stories on Doubleduke before. These giant trees deserve to be seen and witnessed if they are to be destroyed.

  2. There you go the Government is allowing Big Corp to destroy the land and they will blame the people for the greenhouse effect !!


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