The Greens candidate for Cowper, Carol Vernon, and Bellingen Shire Councillor Dominic King in Tarkeeth Forest.
The Greens candidate for Cowper, Carol Vernon, and Bellingen Shire Councillor Dominic King in Tarkeeth Forest. Contributed

Tarkeeth Forest street protest to go to NSW Parliament

AROUND 100 people are committed to protest outside the NSW Parliament on March 22 in an attempt to stop the logging operation in Tarkeeth Forest, proposed to start in June.

The Greens MP and Forestry Spokesman, David Shoebridge, tabled a motion in Parliament last week trying to stop the move but a large group of Coffs Coast and Bellingen Shire residents say a more demonstrative approach is needed.

So, the proposed ‘March on Macquarie Street’ is gathering momentum.

Greens candidate for Cowper, Carol Vernon, is among those behind the grass roots action

The publicly owned NSW Forestry Corporation says the Tarkeeth Forest is a plantation because they have planted some parts of the forest with a single species,” Ms Vernon said.

“To pretend the whole forest is a single species or even a mixed species plantation is to deliberately confuse.

“Photographs of the older forest, clearly show scars made by canoe making.

“The current nearby inhabitants have rescued an axe head made from basalt, a rock that must have been imported to the area.

“Now we are told via the media that the logging and burning will be spread over several years.

“Let’s preserve this forest and its rich cultural heritage.

“The environmental, cultural and tourist-attracting benefits of the forest for local towns are obvious.”