100 days of new government yet logging continues in Leadbeater’s Possum habitat
Government take a break but possum does not get a holiday from the logging
Interim protection of sensitive forest areas is critical
As the 100th day of the Andrews Government approaches on Monday 9 March, Great Forest National Park supporters are asking – when will the new Park be declared?
At 5pm today at the steps of Parliament, on the last Parliamentary Sitting Day until late March, another strong message will be sent to government from Great Forest National Park supporters.
“The Andrews Government must act and deliver for Victorian nature by urgently putting in place the steps to create the Park,” says Amelia Young, Campaigns Manager at the Wilderness Society.
“Last November, Victorians sent a clear message that they want a different type of government. A government that listens, a government that acts, and a government that delivers.
“Before the election tens of thousands of Victorians called on the next Premier to create the Great Forest National Park.
“Now, after almost 100 days in office, Victorians are awaiting details of the promised forests taskforce that must protect forests and deliver solutions for the logging industry.”
“In the meantime, it is critical the Andrews government ensures sensitive forest areas are protected in the short-term.
“To allow logging to continue in Leadbeater’s Possum habitat is to pre-empt the outcomes of the proposed forests taskforce,” concludes Amelia Young.
“Just days out from the first 100 days of the new government, the Victorian Parliament will today break for four weeks. But the Possum doesn’t get a holiday because logging continues to threaten its survival,” says Ben Campbell, Community Campaigner at the Wilderness Society.
“The Great Forest National Park is a credible vision for regional Victoria. It will create jobs and is an opportunity for Victoria’s State Government to show the world what first class parks management looks like,” concludes Ben Campbell.
Photo Opportunity: More than 50 Park supporters at Parliament House with placards – 5.40pm Thursday 26 February, steps of parliament, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne.
For Further comment and more information on the Great Forest National Park:
Amelia Young on 0404 074 577
Wilderness Society Victorian Campaigns Manager
Ben Campbell on 0416 305 004
Wilderness Society Victoria Community Campaigner