Two young women have halted logging operations in Newry State Forest this morning, according to the The Bellingen Activist Network (BAN).
Ishka (18) and Hannah (24) locked themselves to a harvester in the forest.
‘I’m doing this because I’m angry that this forest is being decimated, this is my way of making a stand against that,’ Ishka said.
‘I care deeply about this place and I want it to still be standing when my sisters grow up, as well as my children and my children’s children.’
This action followed a passionate gathering called by Gumbaynggirr elders was attended by over 60 concerned community members on Monday, with Elders demanding the protection of the forest.
BAN says that surveys undertaken for the North East Forest Alliance have identified numerous threatened species within an area now being logged in Newry State Forest, within the proposed Great Koala National Park, including confirming the ongoing occupation of a Koala Hub identified by the Government in 2017 as one of the most important areas to protect for Koalas.
This also comes after the Trees Scorecard report released yesterday has ranked NSW last for forest protection and restoration.
‘I believe that humans should be the custodians of the Earth, that it is our greatest purpose to care for this planet,’ Hannah said.
‘We are part of a growing forest movement taking action to defend what’s left of our life-support systems.’
The community has set up a camp in the forest on the corner of Martells and Bryces Rd and is welcoming visitors.
More information on upcoming local actions and events can be found at facebook.com/