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LOGGING AT BERMAGUI 2009

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We had a good day at the picnic. The weather very kind, over a hundred people attended, there was a good atmosphere, the talks went well, the many raffle prizes were greatly appreciated, Caroline's harp sounded wonderful to welcome arrivals, singers Jackie and Rufus were well received and Lisa and Tony wound the picnic up on a high note.

However, we were all very conscious that the fire on Gulaga (an uncontrolled 'control burn' foolishly lit in tinder dry conditions) continued to burn and spread through State Forest and National Park areas, including rainforest, and then into private property as well, including Mal Dibden's place. As of early Sunday 2200 hectares had been blackened. The fire prevented Mal Dibden and Linda Chapman from attending to give their talks. Sean Burke, our wonderful master of ceremonies, who kept the afternoon going in good spirits, presented their messages to the picnickers.

We are most grateful to all the helpers who made it such a successful and enjoyable afternoon.

You can see the location of Black Lagoon and Meads Bay in Wallaga Lake, protected in the marine park, and the swamp areas to the east of compartment 2001 that are within the Bermagui Flora and Fauna Reserve. Both are likely to be severely impacted by the logging. This is not just bad news for Bermagui - ForestsNSW has confirmed that it intends to log Gulaga (Mt Dromedary - named by Captain Cook and sacred to the Aboriginal community), Murrah and Mumbulla (where the small but recovering colony of koalas will be threatened). You will see it is all of the State Forest on the northern approaches to Bermagui.

These pictures show how the area will look. They were taken recently post logging in Bermagui Forest at the pink area of the map.

Because the logging covers so much of our coastal forests we hope that the Bermagui picnic will provide a focal point for people who treasure the forests for many different reasons - aesthetic, cultural, ecological, educational, recreational, as a bulwark against climate change, and as a base for tourism and other business enterprise beyond supplying logs to chipmills and sawmills, at a loss to taxpayers. The picnic will give people an opportunity to talk about why the forests are so important to them.

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