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Fines don't faze Forestry Corp's lust for logging

Independent Australia
22 Jun 2022, 08:52 GMT+10

The EPA is urging the Government to order an independent review of Forestry Corporation NSW, which is facing new allegations after having just been fined for wiping out significant koala habitat, writes James Tremain.

JUST DAYS after being fined for destroying koala habitat on the Mid North Coast, Forestry Corporation of New South Wales (FCNSW) now faces charges it allegedly committed illegal logging in the Yambulla State Forest after the Black Summer Bushfires.

NSW's Environment Protection Authority (EPA) says that between March and July 2020, FCNSW contractors logged 53 trees in a "category 1 environmentally significant area" in the Yambulla State Forest. The EPA alleges FCNSW breached conditions imposed to aid the recovery of the Yambulla State Forest near Eden after the 2019-20 bushfires.

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Despite flora and fauna species suffering a massive blow after the Black Summer fires, the NSW government is still pushing ahead with deforestation.

EPA Director Major Compliance and Investigations Greg Sheehy said the EPA imposed these site-specific operating conditions to protect areas in forests of environmental importance that were less affected by the fires.

Sheehy explained:

Added Sheehy:

Last Friday, FCNSW was fined $135,600 for destroying koala habitat and ordered to pay $150,000 of the EPA's legal costs.

Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said that while the new allegations are yet to be proven, the fact the EPA launched the prosecution rings alarm bells.

Stated Gambien:

James Tremain is the senior media adviser of NSW's Nature Conservation Council.

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In the lead-up to May's Federal Election poll, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a multi-million funding pledge to support Tasmania's forestry industry.

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