Corindi clearing called to a halt

THE Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has issued a Stop Work Order on land clearing at a Corindi property.

DEC director North East Gary Davey said the order was issued following recent inspections by DEC officers of logging operations on a property on Red Rock Road where an endangered ecological community of eucalypts and Aboriginal objects are known to exist.

"The Order is designed to prevent any further activity on the site until investigations are complete and negotiations have been undertaken with the landowner," Mr Davey said. "State legislation requires that the property owner has a relevant approval or an approved Property Management Plan before the landholder or contractor can carry out activities which may result in harm of threatened species or their habitat."

Mr Davey said it was an offence to damage or destory threatened animals and plants species without approval, and to destroy or disturb Aboriginal objects or other Aboriginal heritage items unless the person had been authorised by DEC to do so.

"The plant species affected include pink bloodwood, grey gum, Sydney blue gum, northern grey gum and red mahogany," he said.

"These are some of the species found in the subtropical coastal floodplain forest listed as an endangered ecological community under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995."

Environmental Defender's Office solicitor Sue Higginson, who is acting on behalf of the North Coast Environment Council, welcomed the move.

"While we're pleased about the stop work order, we're now concerned about the next stage," she said.

"We now want to see regulatory action against the company land owner for breach of law."

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