Native forest logging near Blue Tier mountain bikes given green light as court case dismissed

By Erin Cooper
ABC News, Australia
December 8, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AUSTRALIA — A Supreme Court has ruled a contentious logging operation near a popular mountain biking town in Tasmania’s north-east can resume after a legal challenge from environmentalists was dismissed.  In the Supreme Court in Launceston, Justice Robert Pearce dismissed environmental group Blue Derby Wild’s case against the Forest Practices Authority and government-owned forestry body Sustainable Timbers Tasmania (STT).  Blue Derby Wild describes itself as a group of “local residents, mountain bike riders, bushwalkers, nature-based tourism operators, united in calling for the end of native forest logging in north-east Tasmania”. …The decision was handed down in less than five minutes, dismissing both the case and an injunction that was in place to prohibit logging in two coupes in the Kushka’s forest near the town of Derby and the popular mountain biking tracks.

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