ANTI-LOGGING:  Dozens of locals converged on the Forestry Corporation's Coffs Harbour office in protest against proposed logging of coastal forest between Grafton and Taree.
ANTI-LOGGING: Dozens of locals converged on the Forestry Corporation's Coffs Harbour office in protest against proposed logging of coastal forest between Grafton and Taree. Claudia Jambor

Protesters voice up against proposed local logging project

LOCAL environmentalists today marked International Day of Forests by protesting against current and proposed logging in NSW public native forests in front of the Forestry Corporation's office in Coffs Harbour.

About 100 concerned locals protested in front of the forestry building at 10am this morning in response to the NSW Forestry Corporation's proposal to re-zone coastal forests between Grafton and Taree.

North Coast Environment Council member Susie Russell was impressed with the large presence by the community to fight against the clear felling of local forests.

"Clearly (there's) a lot of anger in the community and a growing amount of concern about the proposal they (The Forestry Corporation) have to do a lot of clear-felling and logging intensification and I think that's why so many people have turned up," Ms Russell said.

 

SAVE OUR FORESTS: North Coast Environment Council member Susie Russell addressed protesters at today's rally.
SAVE OUR FORESTS: North Coast Environment Council member Susie Russell addressed protesters at today's rally. Claudia Jambor

The protesters expressed their anger through a skit portraying the press hounding Forestry executives in relation to the negative impacts of the logging proposals.

"We just wanted to come and perform a piece of street theatre to revoke the social licence of the Forestry Corporation," Ms Russell said.

Ms Russell also hit out at the government for subsidising the logging of forests nationwide.

"Logging native forests is a loss making business so not only do we lose our water quality, our threatened species, old trees we're also having to pay a subsidy to make that happy its completely ridiculous," she said.

"We're looking at a really perverse situation where we've got a climate emergency but the things our government are proposing are likely to make it worse."



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