Foresting protest to hit Sydney

MORE than 100 Bellingen residents will travel to Sydney tomorrow to protest proposed logging at Tarkeeth Forest.

The protest will be staged outside NSW Parliament in support of a Greens motion demanding the State Government reject Forestry Corporation's proposal.

A Forestry Corporation spokeswoman said the site was purchased in 1984 for creation of plantations that are now reaching maturity.

Weighing in the debate, Oxley MP Melinda Pavey said the site was "wisely set aside" for timber production and supported local jobs.

But Not in My Forest spokeswoman Susan Weil noted the 1550ha site had diverse flora and fauna, sat between two rivers and contained indigenous sites.

It is also located within 20m of local residents' homes and it is home to several endangered species including the iconic kola.

"We're asking the government to work with the community and forestry workers to identify and fund sustainable forest-based industries," she said.



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