Red Gum protestors vindicated - NSW logging is illegal

Five months ago Friends of the Earth joined the Yorta Yorta people and Red Gum Forest Action in a protest that stopped logging in the Millewa State Forest for ten days. We took this step as a last resort after the NSW and Commonwealth governments refused to stop the logging despite clear evidence it was illegal.

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Victorian red gum national parks legislation passed

Legislation passed by the Victorian Parliament last night created almost 100,000 hectares of new River Red Gum National Parks from Lake Hume to the South Australian border. And in a state first, the legislation created a framework for the parks - or indeed any public land - to be co-managed with Traditional Owners.

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Last chance for NSW Red Gums - Submissions urgently needed by October 23rd

The NSW Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has delivered a flawed Preliminary Report into NSW red gum forests. It is now urgent that the community respond with submissions calling for Jointly Managed National Parks and an end to logging.

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Breakthrough for NSW Red Gum Forests

More than a year after the Victorian Government declared the beginning of a new era for our River Red Gum forests through the creation of new national parks the NSW Government is finally catching up.

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Yorta Yorta walk-in stops logging in Millewa Forest

19th June 2009

Yorta Yorta community walk-inYorta Yorta people organised another protest against illegal logging in the Millewa Forest today. Exercising their inherent rights to Country, Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners led a "community walk-in" to the site of the recently ended logging blockade. Logging was halted for several hours while Yorta Yorta people and supporters held a picnic just outside the coupe.

 

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Millewa Forest Protests - Update

11th June 2009

Yesterday police and forestry officers forced protesters out of the Millewa Forest where they had stopped an illegal logging operation for ten days. Despite the peaceful nature of the protest and the small number of protesters about fifty police were deployed in the operation. Three people were arrested.

Although happy to use the heavy hand of the law to break up a democratic protest, the NSW government continued to flout their own environmental legislation, sending the loggers back in immediately, in contravention of both the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979) and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).

The situation remains unresolved. For information on forest protests, contact the Friends of the Earth office on (03) 9419 8700.

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Protest Stops Logging in Millewa Forest

A treesit in Millewa ForestThis morning over twenty people from Yorta Yorta Nation, Red Gum Forest Action and Friends of the Earth peacefully stopped an illegal logging operation in the Millewa red gum wetlands on the Murray River in NSW.

One protestor is in a "tree-sit," a platform suspended high in the forest canopy from cables attached to logging machinery.

 

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