Alleged logging angers NCEC

ALLEGED widespread logging of core koala habitat in the Coffs Harbour area has raised the ire of the North Coast Environment Council.

According to NCEC vice president Susie Russell, when the council checked logging approvals issued for the area since 2007, it discovered at least 1890 hectares of mapped core koala habitat had been given the tick by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.

“This is despite the fact the Code of Practice, which supposedly controls logging practices, states logging is not allowed in core koala habitat,” Ms Russell said.

“It is clear that DECCW ignored the Koala Plan of Management and the detailed core habitat mapping when issuing logging approvals.

“At least 60 separate logging approvals have been issued for identified core habitat areas.”

Ms Russell said it was bizarre that one section of DECCW had been integral in mapping the habitats, while another section ignored the results and approved their destruction.

“Logging has a significant impact on koalas because it destroys feed trees, harms individual animals and fragments habitats.”

She said in her opinion the matter tarnished the environmental credentials of the department.



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