A protest is currently underway (17th January 2011)at the Eden woodchipmill. A tripod has been erected and police are in attendance. Below is a statement from one of the protestors from South East Forest Rescue.
WOODCHIPPING AND NATIVE FOREST LOGGING – IT’S JUST NOT CRICKET
This year marks the first official International Year of the Forests. As part of a summer campaign to raise awareness of the state of play regarding native forests on the south coast, today South East Forest Rescue have disrupted access to the Eden woodchipmill on Edrom Road. There is a person sitting in a tripod twenty feet above the ground.
Youtube clip of the blockade
This peaceful action has taken place because the group state that deforestation is one of the biggest causes of climate change, Forests NSW are incurring a massive loss and the chipmill (South East Fibre Exports) and its mother company, Nippon Paper Group, has been accepting logs obtained illegally and despite repeated attempts and protestations to the government there has been no action.
"Recent audits have exposed illegal logging of rainforest, land registered on the National Estate, endangered ecological communities, a gazetted Aboriginal Place and rocky outcrops,'' said Lisa Stone, spokesperson for South East Forest Rescue. "We have proven systemic re-occurring breaches on the south coast that show a pattern of non-compliance to the law."
95% of wood taken from State native forests is now ending up at the chipmill. Bizarrely South East Fibre Exports want to burn native forests for electricity. Failing that SEFE has a plan to turn the woodchips into pellets and send them overseas to be burned to bypass the law.
“The protection of the forests of the south east is a global issue. We are calling for urgent steps to be taken to protect these irreplaceable ecosystems forever” said Ms Stone.
“This logging is unsustainable. Further this logging is incurring a massive loss of tax payer’s money to the State and the people of NSW,” said Ms Stone.
“We are calling for the end to native forest logging on public land. With what we know about the effects of climate change it is time the Commonwealth and State Governments stepped up to the crease,” said Ms Stone. “The time has come to enact the moratorium to end native forest logging for us and our children’s future.”