Media Release - Greens MP Lee Rhiannon
and Chipstop - 9 April 2010
Mumbulla koala blockade success,
Greens MP and South East NSW spokesperson
Lee Rhiannon, speaking at the Mumbulla Forest blockade, said
the 90 strong protest had successfully stopped logging the
koala habitat for today.
"These native forests must be protected
and that means logging in these South East NSW forests
should end," Ms Rhiannon said.
"This is an issue that Premier Kristina
Keneally cannot ignore. The koala is an Australian icon and
the public know we need to protect its habitat.
"Surely Ms Keneally does not want to be
remembered as the NSW premier who stood by while this koala
habitat was trashed.
"If she allows this logging to proceed 95
percent of the timber will go to the export woodchip market.
"Many at today's protest expressed their
anger with Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald. Once
again he has done nothing when NSW Forests have failed to
abide by the regulations they are suppose to operate under.
"Protesters have decided to target NSW
Environment Minister Frank Sartor and the Premier in the
next stage of the Save the Mumbulla Koala.
"Mr Sartor's job is to stand up for the
environment and ending native forest woodchipping should be
at top of his to do list.
"If the NSW Environment Minister cannot
stand up for the koala it will be clear he is nothing more
than Mr Macdonald's junior with no clout.
Harriett Swift spokesperson for Chipstop
said, "Today's huge turnout reflects the growing support in
the community for an end to native forest woodchipping.
"With our protest numbers increasing we
are aiming to keep the blockade going at both entrances to
Mumbulla Forest," Ms Swift said.