Bush protest moves to Par­lia­ment

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times | News - Karen Hunt

We’re call­ing for the La­bor Gov­ern­ment to stand by their prom­ises of pre­serv­ing these high con­ser­va­tion forests. - Barrabup Con­ser­va­tion Group’s El­lie McKie

NAN­NUP res­i­dents and Barrabup Con­ser­va­tion Group mem­bers will travel to Par­lia­ment House in Perth to­day to push the case against log­ging the Barrabup For­est block.

Group spokes­woman El­lie McKie said met­ro­pol­i­tan sup­port­ers would join a bus­load of 30 peo­ple from Nan­nup on the steps of Par­lia­ment where they would present a pe­ti­tion.

“We’ve got con­fir­ma­tion from En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son that he’ll be meet­ing us at 11.30am on the steps of Par­lia­ment and he’s happy to hear our con­cerns,” she said.

The pe­ti­tion called for a per­ma­nent halt on log­ging and for the La­bor Gov­ern­ment to de­clare Barrabup as a for­mal con­ser­va­tion re­serve, she said.

“We’re call­ing for the La­bor Gov­ern­ment to stand by their prom­ises of pre­serv­ing these high con­ser­va­tion forests,” Mrs McKie said.

Barrabup is 5km from Nan­nup and green groups say it is one of a few high con­ser­va­tion-value jar­rah forests left near the town that has not been in­ten­sively logged.

Plans to log 520ha of Barrabup, which was ex­pected to yield 13,500cu m of jar­rah, were halted in July pend­ing an old growth as­sess­ment.

The Par­lia­ment House protest fol­lows clo­sure of Nan­nup Tim­ber Pro­cess­ing’s green mill de­spite 11th hour talks to pre­vent the loss of 30 jobs.

Gen­eral man­ager Vince Cor­lett on Mon­day con­firmed the clo­sure had gone ahead on Fri­day.

Mr Cor­lett ex­pressed anger at con­ser­va­tion­ists who “con­trib­uted noth­ing” to Nan­nup.

While “lock­ing up” blocks such as Barrabup did not directly cause the clo­sure, re­source se­cu­rity was a fac­tor, he said.

“What you’re do­ing is re­duc­ing the avail­able area from which to ex­tract na­tive tim­ber, so in the big­ger pic­ture it does have an ef­fect.”

The company was ex­plor­ing ways to en­sure the vi­a­bil­ity of its dry mill, which em­ployed 20 peo­ple, he said.

Company directors also cited sawlog and power prices and mar­ket de­mand as fac­tors con­tribut­ing to the mill’s clo­sure.

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