The Australian Greens have condemned Premier Campbell Newman’s decision to reopen native forest logging in Queensland, threatening about 2 million hectares in central and Northern Queensland, revealed this afternoon in a leaked letter from the Queensland Government.
“Premier Newman is ripping up the agreement between industry and environment groups forged over decades to protect our remaining native forests and has already offered 25-year sales permits to 14 cypress sawmills,” Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, the Greens environment spokesperson, said.
“The re-opening of native forest logging will trash invaluable habitat for native wildlife, destroy carbon stores, and is an economic risk given plantation forestry is a more sustainable and provides reliable employment into the future.
“This is devastating news and confirms Campbell Newman is an environmental vandal.
“Nowhere is safe from the Newman Government’s program of environmental destruction.
“Premier Newman is determined to repeal every last environmental protection in Queensland. Already protections for our native vegetation, wild rivers, coastal areas and land subject to development have or will be slashed and shale oil and uranium mining is back on the agenda.
“The Newman Government does not understand that a healthy economy requires a healthy environment, and he is turning his back on all Queenslanders who love our natural environment and whose jobs rely on our Reef, our beautiful natural areas and our iconic species,” Senator Waters said.