Sustainability alliance vision

Declan BushAugusta Margaret River Times
Councillor Peter Lane and MRREC member Tracy Skippings are hoping for a big turnout at the Forests For Life meeting.
Camera IconCouncillor Peter Lane and MRREC member Tracy Skippings are hoping for a big turnout at the Forests For Life meeting. Credit: Declan Bush

The WA Forest Alliance will use an upcoming gathering at Fair Harvest to map out ways for the State Government to end native forestry sustainably.

Organisers say the Forests for Life meeting on February 16 will set out “a clear vision for forest protection and the development of a sustainable, job-rich and highly productive timber industry”.

Margaret River Regional Environment Centre organiser Tracy Skippings said the meeting would highlight the importance of protecting the region’s forests for the environment, tourism, food and wine growers, and local culture and heritage.

Ms Skippings said it was hoped representatives from businesses, environment groups, politicians, and Augusta-Margaret River Shire councillors would attend.

Councillor and forestry critic Peter Lane the State Government should exit the native timber industry and move into plantations and farm forestry, where crops were grown between rows of plantation trees.

Cr Lane said ending the loss-making native industry would benefit the environment and sustainable businesses.

“It’s as much an economic drive … as environmental,” he said.

Ms Skippings said the event would open from 5.30pm with wine and canapes, with a welcome to country, presentations and question-and-answer session from 6-7pm. RSVP to mrrenvirocentre@gmail.com.

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