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Statement for Media


It’s Official: Fourteen Years of Forest Failure


The State Government is rewriting rules for native forest logging because it admits the present rules have failed.

In a Discussion Paper: “Remake of the Coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approval”, the government admits it has no idea whether the current rules have protected wildlife and acknowledges that its rules have not even been enforceable. (See attachment)

“Few, if any surveys were ever done after logging to see whether birds and animals survived because nobody in the government wanted to know,” according to forest campaigner and convenor of the Chipstop Campaign, Harriett Swift.

“While the justification given in the Discussion Paper for changing the rules is to make them more effective, I have no doubt that the real reason is to save money and make logging cheaper,” Ms Swift said.

“After admitting to 14 years of abject failure, the government now expects us to believe that it can do a better job, while saving money and getting the same amount of wood out of the forests.”

 “Those objectives simply cannot be delivered, especially here on the far south coast where we already have the most intensive woodchip logging in the state.”

“We have been put on notice to expect vague new rules that won’t require loggers to even look before they log in most cases.”

 “Decades of intensive logging have already taken their toll on this region’s forests, but over the coming years the Forestry Corporation will have to log twice the area just to maintain the same amount of timber going, overwhelmingly, to the woodchipper. That’s on its own figures.”

“The public will not be fooled by this,” she said. “We didn’t come down in the last shower.”

“The likely new rules cannot work and I don’t believe they are meant to. “

“It is about time that the government recognised that there are no rules that can make native forest woodchipping sustainable,” Ms Swift said.

30 March 2014


Chipstop submission on the IFOA Remake 2014



IFOA ‘Remake’ Discussion Paper


Admissions of Failure: Quotes