Contact: Grahame Douglas
The NPA Coffs Coast Branch has formed an alliance with the Bellingen Environment Centre and local residents in the town of Bellingen to tackle the NSW Forestry Corporation over a disputed area of native forest in the upper Kalang valley, south west of Coffs Harbour, that is set to be logged. The Kalang valley is a globally significant biodiversity hotspot – home to many rare plants and animals, a nationally important Koala population and critical fresh water supply for local agriculture, fisheries and residents. Forestry Corporation have made plans to begin harvesting the area this month in order to meet the demand of state-approved forest timber supply deals. But the entire local community, including local timber loggers, town and land councils, oppose the plans.