Late on Sunday 13th August, a bushfire started on a property south of Dilkoon Creek. Hundreds of hectares of Glossy Black-Cockatoo feed habitat destroyed with that habitat unlikely to recover for at least 7 or 8 years. The resident Koalas will have been impacted, and while animals that managed to find a tall tree could have survived this fire, the scorching of leaves is likely to make feed unpalatable for weeks to come.
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This is the latest in a series of pictorial reports documenting the destruction of koala and other fauna habitat in the Gibberagee State Forest, north of Grafton. These reports have been prompted by the failure of ministers, their departments, and regulatory authorities, to respond to pleas to protect this significant ecological asset.
The Clarence Environment Centre has been lobbying State and Federal Governments to protect resident Koalas in the above forest from planned logging operations for over 5 months.
Again, the Clarence Environment Centre calls for an immediate halt to the destruction of
koala habitat at Gibberagee, and an end to all logging in public forests as a matter of urgency.
In this issue:
Arndilly, Council land fence-line follow-up.
CEC BLAISING A CORRIDOR TRAIL FOR OUR LOCAL GLOSSY BLACK COCKATOOS,
Keeping developers, and council planners, honest.
A rainforest on the brink.
Land For Wildlife new properties.
Funding for the NSW Land for Wildlife (LfW) program.
Callistemons of Stockyard Creek Road, Coaldale, Jan 2023.
We have been informed that logging began at the above compartments this last week, and already photographs obtained by the Centre highlights the inadequacy of Forestry Corporation’s efforts to protect biodiversity in our public forests. we have sent the following
report to the NSW Ministers for Forestry, Courtney Houssos, and the Environment, Penny Sharpe, as well as the Federal Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek.
Mining poses an unacceptable threat to water quality, particularly in high rainfall regions such as the Clarence Valley, where soil instability is also a problem. All of the exploration companies that are currently operating in the valley have failed to engage in, or adequately follow-through with community consultation. This indicates that those companies are deliberately ignoring the public’s concern, and the fact that they have no
social licence to operate.
The conservation of Australia’s natural environment, both terrestrial and marine, has always been our priority, and we believe the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and biodiversity is of paramount importance. As a result, we believe it is crucial that laws in place to protect the environment, actually serve that purpose.
The biggest concern now is that another fire will impact the site before natural regeneration takes place.
Bushfire is the greatest threat currently facing the environment, and must be avoided if at all possible. In my opinion, we stand to lose it all if we don’t, so this is where our country wide focus needs to be.
Bob Brown, first leader of the Greens Party, commented that parents should take their children for bush walks, where communing with nature would have a calming effect on the kids. After a beautiful day in the bush, I am in full agreement with Bob Brown – we should all spend more time communing with nature. It is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing.
In this issue:
A LITTLE MORE ON THE KOALA WARS
Forest wars, not quite done yet, Endangered Grevillea masonii heading for extinction, Water Efficiency Working Group meeting, 24 Nov 22, Council’s Biodiversity Offset requirement – Is it functional?, Lily’s story – Eastern Grey joey, State Government’s plastics incinerator plan, sprung, Another day in the bush, Report on management failures by NSW Forestry Corporation of State Forests in the Clarence Valley
- Grevillea masonii burned! August 16, 2023
- REPORT: Gibberagee State Forest logging – More Koala habitat destroyed. July 31, 2023
- REPORT: Gibberagee State Forest logging – Update June 23 June 20, 2023
- CEC Autumn 2023 May 30, 2023
- REPORT: Gibberagee State Forest – The destruction of koala habitat continues… May 30, 2023
- SUBMISSION: Opposing the granting of Minerals Exploration Licence May 11, 2023
- SUBMISSION: to the review of The Biodiversity Conservation Act April 8, 2023
- A Rainforest on the Brink March 15, 2023
- Another day in the bush March 7, 2023
- CEC Summer Newsletter 2023 February 23, 2023
- SUBMISSION: to Local Land Services on the Statutory review of NSW Native Vegetation Clearing Rules January 30, 2023
- REPORT: Management Failures by Forestry Corporation at Gibberagee State Forest, Clarence Valley January 30, 2023
- REPORT: The endangered Grevillea masonii – heading to extinction December 7, 2022
- CEC Spring Newsletter 2022 November 30, 2022
- REPORT: Post Bushfire Condition of Dry Rainforest November 14, 2022
- Keeping/farming of goats – Comments for DPI November 4, 2022
- SUBMISSION: Native Forest Wood in the Renewable Energy Target October 27, 2022
- SUBMISSION ADDEMDUM : Proposed delisting of Boronia hapalophylla as endangered October 25, 2022
- Clarence Valley Picnic for Nature 16 Oct 2022 September 19, 2022
- CEC Winter Newsletter 2022 September 15, 2022