The Greens in Palerang

Archive for March, 2010

Forests NSW sackings the first step to privatisation

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

NSW Greens MP Ian Cohen wants Minister for Forestry Resources, Ian Macdonald to clarify whether he is going to sack 70 Forests NSW staff and replace them with private contractors from Boral Australia.

“The sackings will only aggravate the poor compliance standards in understaffed and remote State Forests, especially in Northern NSW,” says Mr Cohen.

“Minister Macdonald is hell bent on running a bargain-basement Forests NSW operation by flouting environmental laws and importing cheap labour. This is the modus operandi of irresponsible and unethical factories in certain developing countries. It should not be the basis of operation for a state-owned corporation managing our forests in NSW.

“Late last year, ecologist David Milledge did an audit of Yabbra State Forest, uncovering more than 50 breaches to statutory licence conditions and four Acts of Parliament by Forests NSW. This scale of non-compliance is only the tip of the iceberg and Minister Macdonald is actively encouraging over-harvesting to prop up Forests NSW’s unsustainable bottom line. (more…)

Koala habitat logging blockade back on

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Greens MP and spokesperson for South East NSW Lee Rhiannon and Chipstop spokesperson Harriett Swift have called on the NSW Government to honour the agreed temporary halt to logging in the Mumbulla Forest by removing all their forestry equipment from the site and returning it to the local depot.

Speaking from the site of the blockade, Ms Swift stated, “Protesters this morning have successfully blockaded the entrances to the planned logging area in Mumbulla Forest that would threaten koala habitat.

“A large turn-out of locals are staging this peaceful protest as we have no confidence that the NSW Government is committed to protecting the habitat of the last known population of koalas on the NSW south coast and abiding by the agreed halt on logging.

“There is a group of loggers waiting here to start work.

“Forests NSW still have the prohibited zone declaration in place for logging this area, the roads are closed as is usual in any logging operation and the mechanical harvesters and bulldozers are all here, along with the logging trucks and the logging crews.

“So why would we believe the word of Minister Ian Macdonald that logging is on hold? (more…)

Who cares?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Some time ago I emailed the Premier of NSW and several relevant Ministers and MPs about the imminent logging of the last known koala habitat on the far south coast of NSW. This morning I received a response from the Premier’s office assuring me that my email had been forwarded to the relevant Ministers and would receive “close consideration”.

This morning logging began. My response to the Premier’s office was:

“Thankyou for your email. But unfortunately it is a case of too little too late. A few days ago koala footprints were photographed on the newly made logging access road and today logging (for woodchipping) began in Mumbulla, the last known koala habitat on the south coast.

I understand this falls under the portfolio of others, however the premier could have stepped in should she have chosen to.”

It is incomprehensible to me that woodchipping continues at all, but when logging and woodchipping can take place with the blessing of the State Government in an area where koalas are known to live - studies have shown the presence there of 50 adult koalas only - it is completely beyond belief.

Does anyone who is a position to intervene in this travesty actually give a damn?


Greens announce candidate for Eden-Monaro

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Members of the four Greens groups in Eden-Monaro – Bega Valley, Braidwood, Eurobodalla and Queanbeyan-Monaro – have endorsed Catherine Moore as their candidate in Eden-Monaro for the next federal election, the date of which is as yet unknown.

Catherine is an artist and a Palerang councillor, and although she has stood for the Greens in Monaro at the last four State Elections, this is the first time she will be The Greens’ candidate in a federal election in Eden-Monaro.

“I am really pleased to be able to represent The Greens in Eden-Monaro at the next election. I have been working on the issue of climate change for nearly two decades now, so I am looking forward to contributing to the debate as part of the campaign. The Rudd Government has been a big disappointment when it comes to effective action on this issue, and its ongoing support of the fossil fuel industry, despite dire warnings, is hard to fathom.

“In this electorate, part of effective action on climate change means recognising the vital role played by forests, so any government that is serious about addressing the issue ought to immediately cease the woodchipping of native forests and ensure that the burning of forest ‘waste’ (likely to be whole trees as well, just like in woodchipping) does not become part of any so-called ‘green energy’ plans. (more…)

People’s Blockade of Newcastle Coal Port: Greens MP Lee Rhiannon speaks

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Peaceful action to occupy Newcastle Harbour to stop the movement of coal ships
10 am onwards, Sunday 28 March 2010
Horseshoe Beach, Newcastle

NSW Greens MP and Federal Senate candidate Lee Rhiannon said: “On the eve of Rising Tide’s fifth blockade of Newcastle Harbour it is timely to remember that during this half decade Hunter coal mines have burgeoned and the threats from climate change intensified.

“Now more than ever the NSW government should be reassessing its love affair with coal and moving to provide the state with a clean energy future.

“The major parties can no longer sing from the same song book, claiming mining is justified because it provides jobs and a boost to the economy. The environmental, social and health impacts of coal mining are too significant to ignore.

“Moving beyond coal to sustainable industries that provide green jobs is key to combating climate change and saving the planet from an early demise,” Ms Rhiannon said.

Garrett and Sartor must act before ADI site is hacked

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Greens MP Ian Cohen is calling for a halt to clearing of 360 hectares of critically endangered bushlandon a former ADI site in the Cumberland Plain.  The imminent clearing by bulldozers of this bushland - adjacent to sensitive wetlands - flies in the face of the NSW Government’s own advice on the Cumberland Plain.The environmental approval that allows Delfin Lend Lease to clear the area and build homes for 6500 people was granted under now superseded Federal conservation laws. The site should be reconsidered using current Federal law and NSW State guidelines.

“This clearing should be halted immediately. Both Federal scientists and NSW Department of Environment Water and Climate Change (DECCW)
scientists have listed this area, the Cumberland Plain Woodland in the Sydney Basin Bioregion, as a Critically Endangered Ecological Community
and yet it is about to be bulldozed,” says Greens MP Ian Cohen.

“Environment Minister Sartor must talk to his Federal counterpart, Mr Garrett, and act to save the Cumberland Plain from desecration. (more…)

International Women’s Day

Monday, March 8th, 2010

in this, the year of women in local government.

Mining companies on notice from farmers’ Supreme Court win against BHP Billiton

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has congratulated the Liverpool Plains farming community for their win in the Supreme Court and said the victory has statewide significance.

The NSW Supreme Court yesterday found that BHP Billiton’s licence to explore for coal on the properties of two Liverpool Plains farmers were invalid because the company had not consulted all landholders.

“This is a most welcome decision that brings some balance to the mining approval process that is so weighted in favour of mining companies,” Ms Rhiannon said.

“When the NSW parliament resumes next week I will question the Mineral Resources Minister Ian Macdonald on what action his department will now take to ensure breaches of the NSW Mining Act no longer occur. (more…)

All parties should reveal donations before election

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Greens MLC Mark Parnell has called on all political parties and candidates standing at the 2010 state election to publicly reveal before Election Day who is paying for their campaigns.

The SA Greens have published online a list of all donors (over $1,500) to the party over the last 12 months, and will update this list right up until the day before the state election.

“South Australian voters have a right to know who is paying the bills for each party’s election campaign,” said Greens MLC Mark Parnell.

“Yet under the current rules we don’t find out who has given what money to federally registered parties until February next year - and in the case of state registered parties and independents we never find out. (more…)

Bulldozers move on south east koalas - Premier must intervene to stop confrontation

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Conservation groups today appealed the Premier to intervene in the battle over the future of the last koala colony in the South East Forests in a remote area near Bega.

“Our people inspected the remote area on Monday and found that contrary to statements from the Minister for the Environment, State Forest bulldozers were already at work on the road network that will be needed to allow access for the Eden woodchip mill’s huge log trucks,” said spokespersons for the groups.

“State Forests is deliberately pushing the community closer to direct confrontation in the forests even while protracted negotiations on the fate of the koalas are under way with the Department of the Environment.” (more…)

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