The Minister For Regional Development, Lands and The Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development – emailed February 11. 2012

Subject: High Conservation Value Forests Vandalised by FPC and DEC

 

Honourable Brendon Grylls MLA
Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
14th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005

Dear Minister Grylls,

In your roles as the Minister for Regional Development, Lands and The Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, you must be deeply disturbed by the continuing reports coming out of our forests in the South West about the vandalism of both DEC and FPC. This is a matter which will continue to be of high priority for voters who do not want our Government to stand by and allow our unique native animals rendered extinct, while you pursue unsustainable commercial interests which are not for the good of the State overall.

The attached pictures are blatant examples of what little regard is being shown for the guidelines and good forestry practices.

In the first picture, you will see a perfect nesting hollow which is on the chopping block in Warrup. Worse still, it is in a one hectare area that was closely examined yesterday (wed 8 Feb) in which only 2 trees have been marked for retention. FPC is supposed to retain a minimum of 11. DEC refuses to stop the logging to investigate.

In the second, these two beautiful high quality habitat trees, a jarrah in the foreground and marri behind, are not marked for protection. They will be cut down despite there being only 2 habitat trees marked in the hectare where they stand.

Minister Grylls, there are literally hundreds of these kinds of photographic evidence now being circulated on the Internet – so the witnesses are there.

This video of FPC deliberately poisoning Marri trees is being widely circulated on the Internet and it is the Ministers of this Government who will have to take responsibility for their actions. Not just those directly responsible for those departments, but all Ministers who were made aware and did not cry out for it to stop. http://youtu.be/ItILkPwGQYE 

Minister Grylls – in particular as the Minister for Regional Development and Lands, you have a direct responsibility to speak up and have an immediate end brought to logging in high conservation value forests UNTIL demands for proper habitat and wildlife surveys have been completed to ensure we do not continue making our unique wildlife extinct.

There is a huge market for Eco-tourism and our South West Forests should be at the forefront of this, along with our winery tours and surfing.

Yours faithfully

 

Lesley Dewar
51 Beatty Avenue
East Victoria Park  6101

http://storiesmynanatells.com

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