Media, Politicians and the Parliament
We documented the progress and sent the information to Linda who continued writing the blog, posted and shared. It did not take long before petitions started and thousands of people from all over the world wrote letters to Politicians, Journalists, Wildlife Land Trust, Humane Society International, IFAW, RSPCA, NSW Wildlife Council, EPA, Forestry Corporation, etc…. Media releases were published and the story of the Glenbog wombats were covered by most media agencies. From Sun-Herald, ABC, Canberra Times, News.com, Radio interviews, media agencies in the USA, UK, Japan and many other countries, as well as the local papers. _click on the links below.
Some of the media:Wombats buried alive by logging company, Sydney Morning Herald.
and the Glenbog BlogGlenbog Blog
Quote from Senator Lee Rhiannon's speach in Parliament._whole speach click link above
"As I mentioned, there is an international aspect to this matter. Some Japanese campaigners who came to the Glenbog State Forest were so deeply troubled by what they saw that the organisation The Japan Tropical Forest Action Network has also taken up this campaign, informing clients of Nippon Paper of the devastating consequences for wombats from the logging and woodchipping of its subsidiary South East Fibre Exports. The disastrous impact on the wombat population in Glenbog State Forest could be solved quite easily by ending the logging of our native forests."
We had visits from Mr David Shoebridge MLC, Senator Lee Rhiannon and Senator Janet Rice, campaigners from Japan, members of SERCA (South East Regional Conservation Alliance) and many others who we guided through the forest for a first-hand vision of the tragedy.
The below questions, were asked in Parliament Legislative Council by Mr David Shoebridge MLC to Primary Industries Minister The Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson regarding the NSW Forestry Corporation’s failure to comply with our agreement.
BUDGET ESTIMATES 2014-2015
QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
The Forestry Corporation of NSW is investigating the incident. The appropriate action will be determined once this investigation has concluded.
The investigation will look at opportunities for continuous improvement. Appropriate actions will be determined once the investigation has concluded.
Forestry activities are regulated by the Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs), which contain appropriate measures for protecting wildlife across the landscape. The Forestry Corporation of NSW is committed to continuously improving its operations to minimise any environmental impact as a result of harvest operations.
The Forestry Corporation of NSW is investigating the incident. The appropriate action will be determined once the investigation has concluded.
Part of David Shoebridge’s speech in Parliament: for full speech click link Wombats, Logging and Glenbog State Forest.
“Yesterday morning I visited Glenbog State Forest in the south of New South Wales to join local wildlife carers and forestry protectors to examine the impact of recent logging operations on the forest and in particular on the wombats which make that forest their home. Glenbog State Forest is located between Nimmitabel and Bemboka just off the Snowy Mountains Highway. While there I met with Marie and Ray Wynan from Wildlife Rescue Far South Coast [WRSC]. Marie and Ray run their wildlife rescue operation from their property next to Glenbog State Forest. They were directly involved in recording the location of wombat burrows in the forest before logging operations commenced earlier this year……………………..
When the Minister and the bureaucrats were pressed on what “disturbed” meant this was the evidence:
A full script can be viewed on www.parliament.nsw.gov.au