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Kim Beazley, Nick Bolkus - Labor's Plan To Protect Richmond Forests Monday, 05 November 2001

ALP News Statements

Labor's Plan To Protect Richmond Forests Kim Beazley, Leader of the Opposition, and Nick Bolkus, Shadow Minister for the Environment

Media Statement - 5 November 2001

Labor will work in partnership with the New South Wales Government to secure the protection of the Whian Whian and Wollumbin State Forests.

Wilderness areas in the electorate of Richmond make up some of the most bio-diverse regions in Australia. The North East Region is home to many high conservation forests and special places.

Many of these places are under threat from habitat destruction, land clearing, inappropriate and ecologically insensitive developments and climate change. I am committed to work with my colleagues to ensure our rich and diverse heritage is protected.

Many of the environmental challenges facing the North Coast can only be met by Federal and State Labor Governments working together.

A Beazley Labor Government will support a partnership with the New South Wales Government that secures:

the protection of additional areas of Whian Whian and Wollumbin State Forests, with saw log supply to be maintained from other sources; ●

the protection of conservation values on the ABC lands adjoining the Broken Head Nature Reserve; ●

the protection of the unique Byron Bay dwarf heath species on Detala lands adjacent to the newly declared Arakwal Nature Reserve. ●

A Beazley Labor Government would also take the initiative to bring together federal, State and local governments in a Coastal Erosion Working Group that would develop options for major mitigation works and damage protection by the end of 2002.

We believe that the conservation of these highly sensitive areas is consistent with the sustainable development of the region, and can be achieved in a way that prevents adverse impacts on local jobs.

In particular, we believe further protection of Whian Whian and Wollumbin State Forests is achievable within the scope of the existing Regional Forest Agreement.

Federal Labor will ensure that there is no adverse effect on long-term wood supply contracts. Were this outcome to require alternative timber supplies, Federal Labor will fund additional measures to meet wood supply commitments.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.