Twenty-seven Forest Defenders have this morning shut down one of Tasmania’s largest timber mills, with people locked on to entrance gates and machinery. McKay’s sawmill in southern Tasmania is the site of today’s protest calling for an end to native forest logging.
“McKay’s are accepting logs from contentious native forests including old-growth and rainforests and this has to stop. As long as there are mill operators taking these logs, our irreplaceable old-growth forests will keep falling,” said Dr Lisa Searle, Bob Brown Foundation's Native Forest Campaign Organiser.
“Log trucks are delivering the destroyed remnants of habitat for the critically endangered Swift Parrot, masked owl, wedge-tailed eagle, spotted-tailed quolls and Tasmanian Devils into this mill. This company need to stop profiting from extinction,” said Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.
“It is a climate emergency that we are living through. Native forest logging is destroying the climate and smashing endangered species habitat. There is no more time to lose, for planet Earth, for the climate, for endangered species. This destructive and archaic industry has to stop,” said Jenny Weber.
“Todays’ protest follows on from recent protests in the native forests of Wentworth Hills, including when four defenders were arrested last week shutting down old-growth logging. Our takayna/Tarkine blockade is currently defending rainforests and the native forest wood chip mill Artec was shut down earlier this month,” Dr Searle said.
“We will not stop fighting; this battle is too important to just sit back and not react. People need to know exactly what is happening in Tasmania’s forests. We will not back down and we will not stop protesting until we see a total end to native forest logging in Tasmania,” Dr Searle concluded.