Australia: Eviction Notice served to protect forest

Australia: Eviction Notice served to protect forest

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John Ahni Schertow
May 28, 2007
 

“We have taken this act to signal our protest at the cultural damage that will be created by any further logging of this area.” He explained that “Gulaga is of unique cultural significance to the Yuin people and all who live around her” and argued that Forests NSW “has not properly consulted our community”.

On May 23, sixteen traditional land owners of the Yuin people served an eviction notice on Forests NSW, demanding the immediate cessation of logging in the Bodalla State Forest.

Spokesperson and traditional landowner Arthur Ridgeway said: “We have taken this act to signal our protest at the cultural damage that will be created by any further logging of this area.” He explained that “Gulaga is of unique cultural significance to the Yuin people and all who live around her” and argued that Forests NSW “has not properly consulted our community”.

Just a few days prior, around one hundred people met for a peaceful protest at the logging site. Several People were arrested.

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