Out of control Forestry Corporation caught destroying more Koala habitat

The NSW Forestry Corporation has yet again been prosecuted for destroying public native forests.  The latest prosecution is for illegal activity in the heart of one of the world’s great forests, the proposed Great Koala National Park.

“Any confidence in Forestry Corporation’s planning and governance lies in tatters after yet another breach,” said National Parks Association CEO Gary Dunnett.

Investment in Dorrigo walks must be matched by Great Koala National Park establishment funding

The National Parks Association (NPA) welcomed yesterday’s announcement of major walking track upgrades through mid-north coast rainforests while questioning why the NSW Government has neglected to protect nearby public forests from logging.  

‘We’re always supportive of environmentally sensitive works for nature-based tourism, but surely the first priority must be to protect all of the forests of the proposed Great Koala National Park’ asserted NPA campaigner Paula Flack.  

Prosecution Of Forestry Corporation Shows They Are Unfit To Manage Our State Forests

The Land and Environment Court’s decision to fine NSW Forestry Corporation for destroying koala habitat at Cattle Creek near Coffs Harbour shows Forestry Corporation is woefully unfit for managing our State Forests. 

The Great Koala National Park, an initiative of the National Parks Association of NSW, calls for the immediate end to all logging on public native forests in NSW, in light of the court’s decision. 

Community forum about the Great Koala National Park proposal 

A community forum in Coffs Harbour on April 28 will give federal election candidates a chance to publicly state their position on the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP). 

The forum will coincide with public hearings by the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the future of native forestry in the Coffs Harbour and Grafton region on April 28 and 29. 

Launch of the Great Koala National Park Information and Visitor Centre

Kevin Evans, Interim President NPA Coffs Coast Branch

The Great Koala National Park has been one of NPA’s priority campaigns for the last 6 years. The idea was born at the Bellingen Environment Centre (BEC) as their logical local response to the Koala Crisis. NPA and BEC stalwart Ashley Love, helped identify 175,000 hectares of State Forest that would be added to existing protected areas in the Coffs Harbour Hinterland to form a new 315,000 Great Koala National Park. At that point these forests were thought to be home for 20% of the NSW Koala population.