Anti-logging protesters have suspended themselves in trees on the South Coast.
Logging activities have been halted in Flat Rock State Forest between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla by two people suspended in trees, the Batemans Bay Post reports.
For the second time in a week, the conservation group South East Forest Rescue (SEFR) is calling for an end to native forest logging as a form of direct action on climate change.
There are two structures, with a person in each, suspended in trees 30 metres off the ground and cabled to five logging machines.
Logging activities have been halted as a result of the protest.
SEFR says Flat Rock State Forest contains records of threatened species such as Yellow-bellied Gliders, Gang-Gang Cockatoos and Grey Headed Flying Foxes. However the main concern is its status as an Aquatic Habitat, and part of the Key Fish Habitat of the Shoalhaven LGA.
“We again call on the NSW Minister for Environment Robyn Parker to put into place proper procedure for enacting the Commonwealth’s plan to exit native forest logging,” spokesperson Lisa Stone said.
“We have a state-run agency that’s bleeding money and costing the taxpayer millions with losses documented since 2001, and 20-year guaranteed supply contracts signed by Eddie Obeid and Ian MacDonald.”
"These vast financial losses cannot be justified, nor can the huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The unreasonable protection of the native forest woodchipping groups must come to an end.
“Ending native forest logging is an efficient way to help Australia meet its climate change mitigation targets.”