A demonstration has been sparked for this Thursday by the destruction of high value forest and koala habitat through illegal logging and road building in Environment Protection Zones (EPZ) near Limpinwood, between Chillingham and Tyalgum.
Illegal logging and roading was inspected yesterday by Tweed Shire Council and the EPA on a site near Limpinwood – a site described as a World Heritage Areas that is 'irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration – places of such value that the international community has agreed they must be conserved for all time’.
Tweed Shire Council has found unauthorised clearing in the Environmental Protection Zone in Limpinwood by landowner, Hewittville Holdings.
Local Government NSW has welcomed the Container Deposit Scheme arrangements announced last week set up by the Environment Protection Authority and NSW government.
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A north coast environment group has lashed the EPA, which has issued NSW Forestry Corporation with not one cent in fines despite proof the corporation flouted its compliance obligations at Cherry Tree State Forest, near Casino.
One of the region’s key environmental groups has warned that the precious habitat in the Richmond and Clarence river valleys could be ruined and endangered species lost if EPA plans to loosen logging rules are allowed to proceed.
The Forestry Corporation is getting away scot-free with brazenly flouting the logging rules and the EPA are helping them. Dailan Pugh recounts the sorry story of forest destruction, one person's death, and failed regulation at Whian Whian.
State environmental groups are outraged over the failure by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to prosecute the state 's forestry agency for illegally bulldozing and destroying threatened wildlife habitat at Whian Whian north of Lismore in 2013.
Exclusive: The EPA took so long to investigate breaches by NSW Forestry Corp during its controversial 2013 harvesting on private land at Whian Whian that the body was able to avoid paying fines as a result of the time that had elapsed.
Caroline Joseph, Belingen. North East Communities demand an independent investigation into the substantive evidence offered by NEFA about multiple breaches by FC NSW at Whian Whian which still remain unanswered by the EPA. Why did the EPA approve the actions of FC NSW and issue inadequate fines with no requirement for restoration, two years later?
Dailan Pugh, NEFA spokesperson. NEFA is dismayed that the government's reaction to the exposure of the Forestry Corporation's ongoing destruction of core koala habitat, and blatant flouting of environmental laws, in Royal Camp State Forest is to change the laws to reduce protection for Koalas and other threatened species.
NEFA has accused the EPA of ‘intentionally misleading’ the community by claiming that unmapped streams in state forests in the Richmond catchment are not currently required to be protected by 10-metre buffers.
Tweed Shire Council has appealed to the state’s environment minister to ban and review private forestry agreements in the shire, some of which have been blamed for major erosion from large-scale clearing of land on properties around Tyalgum.