Fighting for forest

March 30, 2018

The Euroa Environment Group have led community members in obtaining a prevention order to halt logging in the Barjag Flat.

Community Members from the Strathbogie region have slapped a ‘‘Community Protection Order’’ over the Strathbogie forests following recent planned logging of the area by the state government.

This is a last-ditch community effort to protect the remaining un-logged forest in the Barjarg Flat coupe — a key area of the Strathbogie State Forest and an important area for threatened native animals.

Activists have erected a monopole over machinery used for timber-harvesting to stop it being used, and also entered the logging coupe to prevent any trees being felled.

Euroa Environment Group president Shirley Saywell said Premier Daniel Andrews and Environment Minister Lilly D’Ambrosio have failed to listen to the community’s concerns.

‘‘(They have) failed to act to help this part of Victoria and its known populations of threatened wildlife,’’ Ms Saywell said.

‘‘The community will not stand by and watch the needless destruction of these forests and threatened animals.

‘‘The community cares about its local biodiversity, even if the government does not, and has therefore chosen to intervene directly by establishing a Community Protection Order over the coupe.

‘‘We will not stand by and see the natural beauty of our region destroyed for wood chips and firewood.

‘‘We call upon the minister and premier to act upon our concerns.

‘‘So far they have not listened to the community about industrial-scale logging of the beautiful Strathbogie Ranges.’’

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