Editorial - Saturday, April 2: Questions that need answers

MAYBE it's right that real commonsense sits between the lines of politics.

The Great Koala National Park debate raised by the Greens and supported by Labor has reignited insinuations it could cost the forestry and timber jobs along with the World Rally Championship event.

So can you conserve native wildlife and plant and harvest timber to sustain jobs?

Koala corridors through sprawling residential development have to be applauded as the reason we see koalas in our city.

However, nature conservation bodies say 80% of koalas in NSW live outside of protected areas proving the need for a koala national park to be established on 315,000 hectares of public land.

But timber has always been a key to the regional economy, yet no doubt koalas live and travel through plantation eucalypt forests.

In 2012, as Forests NSW harvested 150 hectares of 50 to 60-year-old eucalypt plantation in Pine Creek State Forest it said koala protection zones were applied.

Delivering blackbutt and flooded gum logs to sawmills, it vowed to replant the logged areas with koala preferred eucalypt species and natural sawlog species.

Can koala populations in the path of logging be relocated to clusters of feed trees in new areas of protected forests?

Matt Deans,
Editor



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