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Hi all,
Sadly the Fishy business  at Limpinwood continues and logging is starting up again in March. Pollution of 2 water catchments continues with each rainfall event and more koala  and other endangered species habitat is going to be logged. Fish has even profitted from logging in the Environmental Zones.
The Environment Minister has ignored pleas by TS Council  to revoke the logging license or to do environmental surveys. So far no fines have been given and not one breach marked on records.
And no remediation done on the illegal crown road built nearly a year ago and still causing pollution.
The Govt  has done the exact opposite to what was asked  with the DPI having spent $750,000 on surveys to intensify logging on private land.  And  they have targeted the Hewittville property and others surrounding World Heritage listed Wollumbin National Park for logging.
And the Govt are wanting to renew Regional Forest Agreements for 20 yrs with slashed environmental protections.

Also please contact me  if you are interested in  being put on a contact list to attend other NVDA events which may arise when the logging trucks at Limpinwood  start up again.

Council has investigated and called for a halt to unauthorised logging until a comprehensive risks assessment can be made.
Mayor Milne has yet to receive any sort of reply from the NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton.
We congratulate Tweed Council for prompt action and we will also call upon Federal MP Justine Elliot to do what she can through EPBC legislation to protect the biodiversity of this unique caldera .

Hi Sledge,
Yes Hallam’s DA is deferred till the 15th Feb Council meeting. We got legal advice that confirmed the EDO advice, so staff requested from Hallam a hydrogeological study. Council will be seeking an external expert to assist in assessing this study.
It is probably this study and Council’s review that the community could seek to get independently reviewed if necessary, rather than doing their own study from scratch.
The meeting with the Minister re Fish’s PNF was too short again. Whilst it seemed much more positive than previous encounters it still feels tenuous whether she really had time to absorb what we were saying, and the various reasons to revoke we were proposing for her.
Jenny’s advice that morning about the dozer on the Crown Rd again was perfect timing to put Thomas into a right old hearty, (near) fist thumping mood, which was good but a bit chaotic and distracting also. Geoff was on hand too giving background support.
The Minister said she was sympathetic to the argument and that she would try to help, but she will be up against herown EPA office set on defending their department’s decisions.
She gave no guarantees.
An online petition may help……

Limpinwood logging threatens wildlife corridor

A reply to your correspondence about the biodiversity reforms – MD17/3387



Herewith a Media Release – 6/9/17

Core Koala habitat at risk by logging at Limpinwood
An area of high conservation value forest is being logged at Limpinwood, near Tyalgum. Neighbours are worried for koalas and other wildlife on this private land currently being. An injured koala has been sighted fleeing the area.

Some of the land has concentrations of koala food trees and part of it is listed as an Environmental Protection Zone .

Dailan Pugh of the North East Forest Alliance said, “the Tweed LEP 2000 shows a significant part of the property to be Zoned 7(d) and part to be zoned 7(l). Under LEP 2000 in both Zones 7 (d) Environmental Protection (Scenic/Escarpment) and 7(l) Environmental Protection (Habitat) forestry is only allowed with consent and must satisfy Council provisions.

The Mayor Katie Milne will move on Thursday for a temporary halt to logging so a study can be made. Ms. Milne said, “We need Council officers to undertake a detailed environmental study of the potential for damage to this important wildlife corridor.”

“This land has been subject to claims of serious breaches of environmental protection codes and Council is pursuing action legal action against the proprietor.  This is core koala habitat, “Mayor Milne said, “and Council should do a comprehensive compliance audit.”

Thursday’s  Tweed Council meeting is at Tweed Heads.

Scott Sledge, a spokesman for Northern Rivers Guardians said that concerned citizens will gather for a demonstration to support the motion at 3:30 pm outside Council/Library on Brett Street. Community Access starts at 4.30 pm and goes to 5.15 pm then at 5.30 pm the Council general meeting starts.

Mr. Sledge said, “There are residents in Boormans Rd who are badly affected by the noise and dust of the logging trucks. Some say that these trucks – up to three every day – going around the bends of narrow roads near Chillingham while school bus  are operating  are an accident waiting to happen.  I think more of the community would be outraged by this if they knew it was happening, even if they may not be concerned about the demise of our precious koalas. There is a serious risk to public safety.”

Contact : Scott Sledge

Fishey business at Limpinwood


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