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To: Albert Jacob, Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Logging at a LO$$
Currently the Forest Products Commission logs our state forests at a financial loss to the WA taxpayer, accumulating over $40 million in debt over the last 4 years and with an accumulative debt approaching $110 million (Peter Lane - Forestry Losses, 2016)
Since 2001 the logging industry has received over $200 million in taxpayer subsidies (Timber Industry Structural Package – 2015).
This is taxpayer’s money that could be better spent on health, education and other important social issues such as domestic violence.
Meanwhile, the WA taxpayer is also paying to have their forest destroyed at an ecological loss resulting in:
* Loss of habitat with many forest dependent species now on the brink of extinction.
* Loss of nature’s carbon sinks that help mitigate against climate change.
* Loss of opportunities for nature based tourism.
* Loss of water and soil quality in our water catchments.
* Loss of opportunities for plantation owners unable to compete with cheap logs from native forest.
* Loss of sense of place and connection to nature for current and future generations.
Timber mills in the South West are heavily subsidised by the WA taxpayer and are therefore no longer financially viable. Meanwhile, we have lost over 60% of our forests since colonisation, while what remains is still being heavily logged and turned into plantations.
This is not sustainable. We cannot afford to keep logging!
You are representing our community. The WA public does not support the logging of state forests at an economic and ecological loss.
There are alternatives – commercial plantations, ecotourism and protecting what remains as nature’s carbon sink.
We require a 2016 election commitment from you:
* Stop all logging, thinning and poisoning in ALL state forests immediately.
* Taxpayer subsidies to the Forest Products Commission in the 2016-2017 financial year be reinvested in new forest opportunities such as threatened species recovery programs, weed eradication, feral animal control, dieback control and ecotourism infrastructure.
* Arcadia, Lowden and Yabberup forests to become part of the Greater Wellington National Park.
Why is this important?
The WA government arm of the logging industry (Forest Products Commission) is in debt to the WA taxpayer for over $110 million (FPC Annual Reports 2001 - 2015).
This money could have been better spent on health, education and important social issues such as domestic violence.
Meanwhile, the WA taxpayer is also paying to have their forest destroyed at an ecological loss resulting in loss of habitat, loss of carbon sink, loss of opportunities for nature based tourism, loss of water and soil quality, and loss of forest for future generations.
We want our local forest which is part of the water catchment for the Wellington Dam to be integrated into the Greater Wellington National Park and protected for current and future generations.