World Heritage boundary forest being felled

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Bob Brown Foundation calls for immediate halt.

With the election furore under way, the Rockliff government has authorised logging of forest adjacent the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in Tasmania’s famed Styx Valley of the Giants, near Maydena. One witness said trees which are ‘bloody ginormous’ are being chainsawed down for woodchips.

Bob Brown walked into the carnage area last night and says that the logging breaches the World Heritage Convention because this forest is itself of such value and because logging increases the threat of bushfire to the adjacent TWWHA. “This is official vandalism and disregard for global law. It is reckless Liberal government disregard for Tasmania’s natural beauty and international reputation,” he said.

The foundation has had a vigil on site since Tuesday and on Friday direct defence of the forests began. Logging was halted before Ali Alishah (who first visited the forest in 2008) was arrested and charged with trespass in the public forest. Brown says that the forest’s destruction is to make money for an out-of-state logging corporation Porta which owns a mill in Bridgewater and processing plant in Victoria. “The Styx Valley of the Giants should be Tasmania’s next iconic tourist attraction but instead the government is subsidising its destruction.”

Brown, who has been campaigning for the valley’s protection since the 1990s will remain with fellow forest defenders in the Styx Forest in the morning.


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