Howard with National Party MP Peter McGauran,
cooking up a few more rorts!
We hope that our prophecy of CLEARFELLING: HOWARD'S END (along with his coalition mates) will come to be at the next Federal election.
Currently activists are blockading a government roading operation on the Errinundra Plateau in Far East Gippsland. The planned roading operation if it goes ahead will open the way for logging to commence in known Tiger Quoll habitat.
Following a 4 day festival in Goongerah around 80 protesters blockaded the DNRE Roading operation at Survey Rd to protest at the governments refusal to allow adequate protection for Rainforest and failure to protect habitat for endangered species.
The definition of Rainforest under the Code of Forest Practices is sufficiently ambiguous to allow the department to log areas such as Survey Rd where the intact Rainforest Canopy is over storied by an emerging Eucalypt Canopy.
Protestors are continuing the blockade in an attempt to force the department to reserve the prescribed 500 hectares following the finding of Tiger Quoll scat in the area. The department has acknowledged that the current Tiger Quoll protection program is not providing sufficient protection for this species from logging. The status of the quoll is currently under review with speculation being that the quoll's status will be upgraded from threatened to critically endangered. Despite this fact, the Department, when told about the scat replied that "Oh it can just find its way in to the National Park", the flippancy of ths reply and the lack of consideration given to conservation concerns about upcomming coupes has led to the conservationists blockading Survey Rd.
On Wednesday the 17th coservationists allowed a roading contractor to remove his machine from the area on the provision that he did not complete the contract. This was a gesture of goodwill to the community to demonstrate that conservationists hold the Department responsible for not conveying to contractors that the areas that they were working in were controversial.
The blockade continues, AS DOES THE GOOLENGOOK BLOCKADE. If you can
make it up, please do so To find out more about what you can do please
call Geco on 03 51540156. See the latest Media Releases and more
information on Tiger
This Festival was hosted by the Goongerah Community. Located at a
beautiful spot in the green valley of Goongerah, East Gippsland, 70 km
north of Orbost, between the Errinundra and Snowy River National Parks.
Approx. 500 people came and enjoyed forest tours, workshops on a wide
range of topics, music, performance, art, and organic food.
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A big campaign is underway to protect the ancient forests of this region. From the cities to the forests we hope to bring the message home to industry and government that the public will not stand by and do nothing as the last of these precious forests are fed to the woodchippers. Come to East Gippsland to join in or get active with the city-based campaign groups.