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Imported protestors are harming our local timber industry.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 421 Published: 9/7/2001 Title: Imported protestors are harming our local timber industry

The Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, has condemned today’s anti-logging protests at the Monga State Forest, situated between Braidwood and Batemans Bay.

“These professional protestors do not reside in our region and have no idea of the importance of the hardwood timber industry to the livelihoods of so many residents of south east NSW,” said Mr Nairn.

“They refuse to live by the umpire’s decision. After extensive consultations and huge compromises on behalf of the local timber industry, the finalisation of the southern region RFA left large areas of reserve and national park in this area. Loggers are working within the RFA regulations and within the law to earn their living.

“These protestors travel around Australia, attempting to put a stop to logging altogether. A complete ban on logging would be unhealthy for those people who depend on the hardwood timber industry not to mention unhealthy for the forests themselves.

“I respect the concerns of people to save and protect our forests however they must make sure they advocate true forest protection and understand that thinning protects forests from wildfires, feral animals and weeds.

“These ill-informed imported protestors should go home and let the forest/logging equilibrium continue to work in south east NSW.”