Thursday, 14th March,
Calls for new Premier to put forest protection on the agenda
as old-growth protests stop logging for a second consecutive day.
Protests against controversial logging in the old growth forest of Mount Jersey enter their second day today, with one man halting four logging machines. The volunteer conservationists is tied to a tree sit 30m in the air, and is stopping operations for the second consecutive day. He is supported on site by more than a dozen other conservationists in the logging zone.
With the recent departure of Ted Baillieu, and overhaul of the Coalition front bench, conservationists are calling on Premier Napthine to commence his term of leadership on a more forward-thinking note than the destructive environmental legacy of his predecessor,by protecting our dwindling forests.
”This change in leadership is a chance for the Napthine Government to shift away from Baillieu’s legacy of forest destruction, and protect Victoria’s iconic forests and the threatened species they contain,” said spokesperson for the Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), Jo Edwards.
"Victorians are facing an extinction crisis in our publicly owned forests. Protection of forest habitat for endangered wildlife is paramount.”
The area has been subject to protest actions since November last year, when logging began in the area. Despite being habitat for the endangered Long Footed Potoroo, nearly 40 hectares have been clearfelled, and another 80 hectares of irreplaceable old growth forest is scheduled to be logged.
"Premier Napthine has the opportunity to be the Victorian Premier who calls a halt to the sale of our forests to prop up an ailing woodchip industry, and protects our unique forests for air, water and wildlife, and the long term tourism potential they present – but only if left standing.”
"The diverse, intact ecosystem of Mount Jersey is of extremely high conservation value - too important to log, woodchip and sell to Japanese pulp and paper giant, Nippon Paper, for paper products.”
"Although 37 hectares of this area were lost to logging last year, conservationists will keep vigilant watch to ensure the remaining 79 hectares of Mount Jersey and the rare wildlife it contains are protected,” said Ms Edwards.
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