Protests: Don’t burn our forests

Photo: Matthew Bonner

Conservation groups from Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales, Canberra and Queensland took part in local actions on August 5 to highlight the threats to biodiversity that burning native forests for electricity will create.

In Hobart, conservationists from Still Wild Still Threatened (SWST) and the Huon Valley Environment Centre staged a protest outside Forestry Tasmania's Melville Street headquarters. Community members also gathered outside Forestry Tasmania to sign letters addressed to the major parties calling for the protection of native forests and the passage of legislation to ban burning native forests for electricity.

SWST spokesperson Ed Hill said: ‘The archaic practice of burning native forests for electricity is highly polluting, unsustainable and will allow the industry continued access to high conservation value native forests, crucial for climate change mitigation and biodiversity”.