West Australian forestry industry lashes Government
Friday 22 May 2020The WA forestry industry has slammed the State Government's decision to halt a native timber logging operation and initiate a review of the project with just a few hours' notice as "shambolic political interference".
• The WA Government has paused a logging operation in the state's south west
• The state's timber industry says the Government has 'caved' to political pressure
• The sector employs about 500 locals and directly contributes AU$220 million to the WA economy annually.
The ongoing standoff between conservationists and the timber industry reached boiling point last week when protestors interrupted operations in the Dalgarup forest near Bridgetown, 250 kilometres south of Perth. Protestors argue the site is 'old growth' and unsuitable for logging but industry says the classification was set out in WA's Forest Management Plan which was determined by the department.
The ABC understands operations were halted at ministerial request, hours after protestors were moved on by police. More >>
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