Loggers target Cockatoo home


Loggers have moved in ahead of schedule on one of the few remaining habitats of the Western Australian Black Cockatoo robbing environmentalists of the chance to fight for the bird’s habitat. Tony McManus spoke to Jess Beckerling regarding the unexpected move.

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  • This is unbelievable. Perhaps the Premier doesn't remember how bad native forest logging is for elections? Something tells me he'll remember soon.

    Date and time
    January 23, 2012, 2:00PM
    • If these last areas of forest are logged we are going to lose three species of magnificent local birds. It will be the death of them and we will have missed the chance to stop it. We must STOP logging native forests. Once it is gone there is no way to replace it or the birds and animals that live there. The black cockatoos are at very real threat of disappearing. Barnett must stop his nature killing ways. Please consider the future, not just your pocket.

      Vicki Boxell
      Date and time
      January 23, 2012, 2:16PM
      • This is an emergency for the endangered black cockatoos. They are already starving due to the huge SouthWest fires, drought. Now the WA Government is targeting this incredible area for logging. More info here: http://ccwa.org.au/content/save-our-cockatoos

        Piers Verstegen
        Date and time
        January 23, 2012, 2:51PM
        • The news today that the Forest Commission has brought the logging in the beautiful Warrup forest near Bridgetown forward by three weeks is disgusting!

          Today, I have written to The Premier and other senior Members of his Cabinet about their lack of leadership and total disregard for the survival of these iconic birds.
          Undoubtedly, they are aware of the critical state of our iconic black cockatoos and the loss of 100,000 hectares of bushland due to fires in the South West this summer. The Warrup Forest near Bridgetown is a critical refuge for black cockatoos, numbats and so many other creatures; one of the few remaining areas where black cockatoos can feed on a natural diet.
          The Hon. Bill Marmion, BE, MBA, MLA, Minister for Environment is not available for meetings until February 16, 2012, to discuss placing any kind of ban on logging in viable feeding areas. To allow our threatened black cockatoos to be at further risk for the next three weeks, while logging continues unrestrained, simply because the Minister is not available is not acceptable to the community.

          We will not stand silently by and see their vestigial remaining habitat destroyed without the Premier of Western Australia stating his position on this.

          It is of the utmost importance that NO FURTHER LOGGING continues in areas known to be the habitat of black cockatoos, until a full environmental study ascertains the impact of bushfires and other causes of forest loss on their long-term recovery.
          Mr. Barnett must intervene to ensure our black cockatoos survive. He cannot allow logging their last remaining food and nesting sites to continue â?? in the face of the environmental devastation they have already experienced in the past twelve months.

          Lesley Dewar
          Date and time
          January 23, 2012, 2:54PM
          • The average Western Australian would be appalled and dismayed that we are still logging high-conservation value forests. They would be horrified that our cockatoos are going extinct. Its time we stopped logging our forests. The Liberal National government could stop this with strong community backing. I would urge them to do this. For what little is left and for the simple hope of saving these birds. What a sad day for all of us. The Barnett Government again sending us backwards!

            Jessica Chapman
            Date and time
            January 23, 2012, 3:09PM
            • This can't be allowed to happen! The Premier and Environment Minister are both on leave, but I just called acting Environment Minister John Day and told him I want this to stop right now!

              Date and time
              January 23, 2012, 3:28PM
              • The people of western australia do not want the logging to continue in the state forests. It is there for the wildlife not the logging community..

                David Patterson
                Date and time
                January 23, 2012, 3:47PM
                • I am shocked and dismayed. Cannot speak to the Premier or to the minister for the Environment who could have acted before he went on leave. Terry Redmond's staffer said to speak to the Acting min for the Environment but then it was after 5pm.
                  i care about extinction of species. The Liberal government doesn't.

                  Margaret Owen
                  Date and time
                  January 23, 2012, 4:29PM
                  • Our tax dollars already prop up the loss making Forest Products Commission and the firebugs at DEC.
                    What a tragedy that we're effectively subsidising the removal of native forest flat out.
                    The govt. support also means the native forest logs are sold below market value thus competing unfairly with the plantation industry that the south west economy needs so badly.
                    Worst of all most of the forest is being sold for pulp, railway sleepers, roofing timber and domestic and industrial firewood. All low value products that could easily be supplied by pine and tassie blue gum

                    Bob from Bridgetown
                    Date and time
                    January 23, 2012, 4:44PM
                    • The Warrup forests should be protected for their biodiversity, especially as they provide habitat for the endangered Black Cockatoo.

                      Logging them for low value timber and woodchips is unnecessary and wanton destruction.

                      Date and time
                      January 23, 2012, 5:06PM

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