Brown, Weber to visit besieged Lapoinya residents

Media Release 13 January 2016


Former national Greens leader Bob Brown and Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber are visiting the contentious Lapoinya forest today to back local farmers and tourism operators who want the Lapoinya forest spared from state wide logging operations.

Bob Brown said this morning, 'At stake is a vital habitat of the worlds largest freshwater crayfish, listed as threatened with extinction by the State and Federal Governments and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The State Government’s own official advice is that bush should be protected from logging to help this amazing creature survive in clear water streams like Lapoinya.'

'There are 800 000 hectares of state forest available for Ta Ann and other customers, surely this 49 hectares can be sensibly protected to stop the Lapoinya community's heart being broken. Logging it will be an own goal for Forestry Tasmania which wants Forest Stewardship Certification - impossible if you are damaging the habitat of globally listed wild animals,' he said.

Jenny Weber
0427 366 929

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