Tuesday Feb 7
Bulldozers move-in on quokka
(right) talking to a logger
Forest Products Commission supported by police from Bunbury and
Donnybrook - moved into Arcadia forest near Bunbury this morning
and began bull-dozing trees in rare mainland quokka habitat, despite
protests from members of the local community, who were threatened
with arrest if they didn't leave the forest.
"Quokka and their habitat are protected under several wildlife
conservation Acts including the internationally recognised Montreal
Agreement of which Australia is a signatory, and therefore the logging
operation in Arcadia is illegal." Spokesperson for the Preston
Environment Group and local eco-tour operator Peter Murphy said.
"The police threatened to arrest the wrong people, when it
should have been the FPC arrested; not members of the local community,
who were only trying to protect the quokka. It appears the police
have now become an instrument of the loggers." Mr Murphy said.
"The logging of Arcadia and death of the quokka will be a huge
economic and ecological loss to all Australians - especially to
the nature based tourism industry. The Minister for the Environment
Bill Marmion has negated his responsibility in protecting an Australian
iconic mammal on the edge of extinction, and now has quokka-blood
on his hands." Mr Murphy said.
More protests are expected in Arcadia over the next few days.
For more information contact PEG on 97 321 270 or 043 997 6507
For directions to Arcadia forest: Head to the town of Dardanup and
follow the Ferguson Valley Rd until you get to Pile Rd on the left.
Follow Pile Rd until it becomes a gravel road (it then becomes Mungalup
Rd) and proceed (down-hill) past South Rd (on right), and then turn
right onto Yabberup Rd. Follow Yabberup Rd until you come to Arcadia
forest on right.
Maps to Arcadia