Following on from the public outcry and appeal by the community at last Tuesday's Council meeting for Council to act on behalf of the community and represent over 4000 signatories to a petition calling a halt to the logging of Corunna Forest Eurobodalla Councillors spent their efforts in trying to work out a nice Thank You letter (instead of the expected pointed request to at least consider a 50m visual buffer) to send to Forestry for having briefed them on the logging that is now underway.
Gaining no support from Council the concerned community will now assemble outside Andrew Constance’s office in Bega. (122 Carp St.) on Friday 28th September, 8.30am for:
"Funeral for our Forests"
A spokesperson for the Save Corunna Forest Action Group told the Beagle that the protest was required to draw "public action in protection of our forests!"
"Step up and show that you care, for our environment, our climate, and for future generations!"
"There will be music and speakers. "Dress in formal black funeral attire. Bring signs, banners or simply yourself.
"We call this the Nature Coast for a reason!
"Forests Australia wide are being decimated at an alarming rate, affecting climate change, local ecology, threatened wildlife habitat, rainfall, air quality, soil erosion and more.
"This is happening here on the South Coast and beautiful Corunna Forest is the latest to fall to the forestry industry’s hands, supported by dodgy and shortsighted deals at government level.
"There is much more money and jobs in Eco-tourism than in logging native forests. Plantation timber can and should be used instead.
"Native forests are a vital part of our healthy environment and we need to protect and revitalize remaining forests.
"The purpose of this action is to make a pointed and hopefully poignant public comment! to take a stand and say STOP logging the remaining native forests!
Above: Late this afternoon a lone drummer sat on the highway verge beside the next stand to be logged. Photo Elizabeth Cook