Forest moratorium – to be or not to be?

LOCALS concerned for the quality of their water catchment in the Tyenna Valley say they walked into a logging coupe to stop operations today. “Our community has been drinking the water from the Canaways Creek for over 100 years,” spokeswoman Barbara Poynter said. “Now Forestry Tasmania has begun logging this water catchment, threatening our community’s precious water resource,” she said.

“People from this community have been trying to stop the logging of this water catchment for a long time, and have met with Forestry Tasmania and the local council as part of this process. Yet, despite this, Forestry Tasmania has broken written and verbal promises made to the community. I have lived here for years only hearing the creek and the birds and now I wake up at 7am to chainsaws, cable loggers and trees crashing to the ground. The whole community is affected by this. If the logging doesn’t stop there will be irreparable damage to the water quality. This will be detrimental to the many families here that rely on drinking water directly from this creek.”

Ms Poynter said it was an outrage that logging of the coupe had started only weeks before the forest moratorium was due to be in place. “We are calling on Forestry and the government to meet their promise and get out of this coupe by March 15, so that this creek can be protected for the future generations of our community,” Ms Poynter said.

The Hobart Town Hall will be the venue of a public meeting discussing the forest moratorium next Tuesday, March 15, from 5.30-7pm. Hosted by the Wilderness Society, the meeting will feature guest speakers explaining the moratorium.

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