Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein should match his WA counterpart and immediately announce an end to native forest logging in the island state, Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said in Hobart today.
“WA is following New Zealand which went entirely over to plantations in 2002. Victoria has committed to ending old growth logging by 2030. There is a real danger of Tasmania being held up to ridicule as the last state swinging chainsaws in native forests. As this age of mass extinctions of wildlife and the climate emergency grips the world, this will threaten Tasmania’s brand like no previous forest issue,” Jenny Weber said.
“Just two weeks ago our foundation joined 60 other environment groups calling for a nation-wide end to native forest logging and polls show that’s what most Australians want.”
“Meanwhile, instead of taking a leaf out of WA’s book, it looks like the Gutwein Government is ramping up the future likelihood of jailing peaceful forest defenders. Gutwein can follow McGowan’s lead on recognising ending native forest logging is important in the fight against climate change,” Jenny Weber said.
“Our Foundation is campaigning for an end to native forest logging across Australia for their critical role in mitigating the inextricably linked climate and biodiversity crisis. Governments, both Federal and State should take immediate action to stop the ongoing destruction and begin the restoration of Australia’s unique native forests that are home to many rare and endangered species,” Jenny Weber said.