South West MLC Diane Evers is seeking answers after community concerns about the logging of Karri forest in Channybearup have been met by almost two months of silence from the McGowan Government.
Ms Evers, The Greens (WA) spokesperson for forestry, was contacted regarding potential logging in the Treen Brook area just outside of Pemberton in recent weeks after business owners in the area wrote to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly in March.
After the correspondents received no reply from the minister’s office, Ms Evers wrote to the Forestry Minister on April 22.
Alongside the existing threat to old and large trees under current methodology used to define old growth native forests, Ms Evers described a lack of consultation and the subsequent impact of logging activity on nearby businesses as unacceptable.
As machinery moves onto the site in anticipation of activity commencing at the Treen Brook 12 forest coupe, Ms Evers expressed her concerns as community and business fears about the logging operations increased.
QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO DIANE EVERS MLC:
“We are yet again seeing a disregard by the FPC for not only for our precious native forests, but also the local community who are impacted by an unnecessary and unprofitable industry.
“The management of logging operations by the FPC and their apparent lack of regard for neighbouring properties and businesses is of great concern to me as now, more than ever, we must support our small businesses to remain viable.
“I hear often from people, for both private and commercial reasons, being impacted by nearby logging operations who have not been consulted nor their concerns addressed prior to FPC commencing logging of these areas.
“This is why I have contacted Minister Kelly’s office on multiple occasions to seek more information about what consultation FPC have carried out with residents and apiarists that depend on these forests for their business.
“Native timber logging in Western Australia lost its social licence long ago, the time has come to complete the transition of the timber industry to ecological plantations and farm forestry through a rapid and just transition strategy.
“The need remains clear: the Forest Products Act must be repealed and the Forest Products Commission disbanded for the McGowan Government to demonstrate any real leadership for our forests.
GET IN TOUCH:
Hon. Diane Evers
MLC for South West
(08) 9486 8070