The Premier’s Office responds:
On 23/01/2012, at 3:58 PM, WA-Government <WA-Government@dpc.wa.gov.au> wrote:
Dear Ms Dewar
Thank you for your email with regard to logging at Warrup Forrest.
In the absence of the Premier your email has been forwarded to the Hon Bill Marmion, Minister for Environment for his consideration of the issues you have raised.
Western Australian Government
Dear Premier’s Office
Thank you for your reply.
I understand the Minister for the Environment will be absent from his office until February 16. The urgency of this matter requires it not be pigeon-holed for three weeks because the damage the logging will cause will be irreparable in our lifetime.
To see such a serious matter being sidelined as being of little importance or urgency does not recommend your Government to me and I will continue to raise this in the media and with other public figures.
Tonight (Mon 23 Jan,2012,) I had a good opportunity to speak on Graham Mabury’s Nightline Programme tonight on 6PR about the logging down at Nannup. I hope it broadcast well. I referred to the fact that my 90yo mother lived down there as a child; her family lived in abandoned timber worker’s huts, because the Mauri Timber Company had already decided it was not viable to log further at that time and we now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to save these trees. They are 80 years older than they were when my mother was there and we may never have the chance again to preserve trees which were left behind nearly 100 years ago. It is a unique chance to preserve trees which provide food, shelter and habitat. I did not have an opportunity to speak to the issue at the Shire of Cockburn and the proposed clearing of an important feeding area. Graham Maybury did a good job of linking my call to Social Media, Jess’s interview on their website and calling for listeners to leave their comments. I told Graham Mabury that I am absolutely disgusted with The Premier’s office – for the way they flicked my email across to the Minister for the Environment, knowing full well he is out of town until February 16, 2012.