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Friday could be crunch time for koala logging
Conservationists are preparing to be in Mumbulla State Forest in numbers on Friday morning in case the Government attempts to resume woodchipping of koala habitat there.
Spokesperson, Ms Harriett Swift says that logging has been held up since last week because Forests NSW did not comply with its license provisions regarding koala surveys.
Greens Upper House MP and spokesperson for South East NSW, Lee Rhiannon will be present in the forest tomorrow to support the koala protests.
"I am looking forward to joining conservationists who are working so hard to stop the logging of this precious koala habitat. Their courageous action is critical to pushing the government to stop the logging," she says.
"When Parliament resumes at the end of April I will be putting forward a motion calling on Premier Keneally to quarantine this area from these ill-conceived logging operations which jeopardise the continued existence of the Far South Coast's dwindling koala population .
Harriett Swift says that local residents have been in the forest every day since logging started and are determined to stop this logging and save the koalas.
"Our last koalas are far more than important than a logging operation that will yield 95% woodchips," she says.
8 April 2010

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