Anti-logging protesters rally
Residents concerned over the logging of native forests are urged to attend a rally in Margaret River next weekend.
Memorial Park will host the gathering on Saturday, August 22, at noon.
The rally is endorsed by the Margaret River Regional Environment Centre and the WA Forest Alliance, with some members recently active in protests at the Helms forest coupe east of Margaret River.
MRREC member Ray Swarts said the logging was “gut-wrenching to see”.
“Most people don’t understand what’s still happening to our high-conservation value jarrah, karri and marri forests,” he said. “The real crazy part of it is that just over 80 per cent of the timber that comes out of those forests is either waste, charcoal, firewood, or pulp.”
Last week, Forest Industries Federation WA executive director Melissa Haslam denied the logging of old-growth forest and said most of Helms was dieback-infested.
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