Forest Rally, Coffs Harbour, 11 Aug

How to start the day?

Watch a hungry (endangered) Glossy Black Cockatoo chewing Casuarina seeds

Welcome from Gumbaynggirr elder Uncle Barry Hoskins 

Councillor Sally Townley, the Deputy Mayor of Coffs Harbour City Council gave a powerful speech, as did Sue Higginson, MLC Greens, and others were all passionate and articulate.

Koalas and Sue Higginson MLC Greens
A mob of Koalas

Children were holding up messages for most of the rally. My placard I believe was by Carol of the Bellingen Green Action Group.

The Prime Minister Albanese and NSW Premier Minns attack an injured Koala!

Knitting Nannas read out their petition and Gumbaynggirr artist Bernard Kelly-Edwards read a poem.

Mark Graham, passionate as ever, on this jewel of a region from Conglomerate Sate Forrest and old growth diverse eucalypt forests to the Upper Kalang and its rich biodiversity with both Gliders, Koalas the Stuttering Frog and the Eastern Freshwater Cod ‘prettier than the Murray Cod’.

We signed 11 petitions, if only that’s all it took. We gave money to fund an application by North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) to the Land and Environment court for an urgent injunction to stop NSW Forestry Corporation logging vital koala habitat in two state forests in northeast NSW. To be heard on 14th August.

The Labor Party attained office on 28 March 2023. In 2022, incoming Environment Minister Penny Sharpe (Labor) promised us the Great Koala National Park – where is it? Logging Koala habitat is ongoing. It is a joke, pathetic, ridiculous.

The Guardian have an article today by Lisa Cox on the stand off with Forestry at Newry SF, behind us.
‘NSW Labor accused of ‘fundamental breach of trust’ over logging in promised koala national park. Tensions are escalating in state forests near Bellingen, where a protesters’ camp is locked in a standoff with a heavy police presence.’

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