Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Garrett needs to intervene on the NSW North Coast

Forests NSW is once more in the news - this time over allegations that it is improperly harvesting trees within endangered ecological communities in Doubleduke State Forest. Including areas containing koala, sugar glider and giant barred frog habitat.

Doubleduke, Grange, Yabbra; the list of forest habitat under threat from mismanagement by the very agency designed to protect old growth and threatened species in these working forests is growing.

Federal Minister for Environment Protection Peter Garrett, along with his department, needs to intervene on the NSW North Coast.

It is patently clear that the Keneally Government in New South Wales cannot effectively manage the conduct of its own agencies and NSW Minister for Mineral and Forestry Resources, Paul McLeay, is failing in his portfolio.

While it is obvious that timber cutters working within state forests have little respect for the one year-old NSW Department of Climate Change, Environment and Water which appears to be directly responsible for policing aspects of forestry management.

Along with poorly implemented state environmental policy (where it even exists), sustained population growth along the NSW coastal corridor is placing so much pressure on what remains of the natural landscape that increased local species extinction is inevitable and future fresh water quality compromised in some areas if the present approach to environmental issues is allowed to continue unchecked.

The Sydney Morning Herald on 30 June 2010:

Forests NSW is already under investigation for breaches of licence conditions at a separate logging site about 30 kilometres from Doubleduke state forest, the scene of the latest logging.
It was fined $1200 by the department in May for a separate series of licence breaches in the same district, but the relatively small sum angered environment groups campaigning for more oversight.

ABC North Coast on 1 July 2010:

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) says State Forests has committed 20 breaches of environmental safeguards in the Doubleduke State Forest south of Ballina. This follows similar breaches in the Yabbra State Forest for which State Forests was prosecuted.
Sue Higginson from the Environmental Defender's Office says NEFA is looking at what legal action it can take over the Doubleduke issues.
"The proper course of action is for the State regulatory agency to be the regulator in relation to the compliance and enforcement of the environmental laws," she said.

Brisbane Times on 9 July 2010:

Evidence of systematic damage to rainforests in northern NSW as a result of government-supervised logging has forced the environment department to again investigate its state-run counterpart, Forests NSW.
The alleged logging of old-growth rainforest, inaccurate surveys and damage to endangered species habitat in Grange State Forest, near Grafton, amounts to the third time in three months that the forestry agency has been accused of breaching its own guidelines in northern NSW.
''It's really a disaster, and very, very depressing to see country that has never been logged before destroyed in this way,'' said a spokesman for the Clarence Environment Centre, John Edwards, who helped document the damage. ''It does appear that the guidelines are being breached in a routine way. And if Forests NSW is just fined it is the public that ends up paying anyway. People inside the organisation should be held personally accountable.''


Felled tree might have been 1000yo The Daily Examiner 14 July 2010

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

garret who ?