NSW Government Delays Report Post-Bushfires

Wednesday 11 Aug 2021

 
In NSW, the state government is refusing to release a report into how logging operations should change in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires even as felling begins in a sensitive South Coast region hit hard by the blazes.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes asked the Natural Resources Commission to examine forestry operations after the Environment Protection Authority and Forestry Corp, the state-owned logging body, clashed over so-called site-specific conditions that limited the amount of native trees that could be felled in state forests.

The Commission has completed its report and sent it to Mr Stokes and his colleagues, Deputy Premier John Barilaro, and Environment Minister Matt Kean. A spokeswoman for Mr Barilaro said the report was “being considered by the NSW government and remains Cabinet in Confidence”.

Pressure to release the report, though, is likely to mount as logging issues in the south and north heat up.

Harvesting work has begun at Shallow Crossing, not far from the Brooman State Forest where the EPA and Forestry Corp were at loggerheads over timber curbs earlier this year. Separate legal action has also commenced to challenge the North-East Regional Forest Agreement in the wake of the severe 2019-20 bushfire impacts in areas that rarely burn.

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald


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