Petition to end native logging rejected by NSW government as inquiry calls for plantations

By Joshua Becker and Fatima Olumee
ABC News Australia
September 15, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Takesa Frank

The New South Wales government has refused to end native forest logging despite an online petition amassing more than 20,000 signatures. The petition called for a moratorium on native logging and wanted the government to develop a transition plan to 100 per cent sustainable plantations by 2024. “While 20,000 signatures represent a lot of people, the NSW government must balance the interests of more than 7 million citizens in its management of public assets, such as our state forests,” Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders stated in his response. Mr Saunders added there were “thousands of jobs dependent on the industry continuing”, with 22,000 people employed by the state’s forest and wood product industries. he petition’s author and former Greens candidate Takesa Frank said the government’s response was “disheartening”. …An Upper House committee recommended that the NSW government immediately act on expanding both hardwood and softwood timber plantations across the state.

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