Shire votes to protect its forests

Beautiful old growth from a tree in Channybearup.  (Supplied by Jess Beckerling, WAFA)

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DENMARK Shire has committed their support to the West Australian Forest Alliance (WAFA) and their efforts to protect high conservation forests.

The resolution was carried unanimously at the March 16 Ordinary Council Meeting, aligning with the Shire’s objective and commitments laid out in a new sustainability strategy.

Shire staff met with WAFA representatives to discuss how the Shire could advocate for conservation reform, following the Council’s decision to support WAFA and to advocate for the inclusion of traditional custodians in the reform process.

Shire of Denmark CEO David Schober said he was pleased to support the community’s aspirations in advocating for protection of our forests in WA.

“The West Australian Forest Alliance has a large support base in our community which was emphasised by members of the public before the motion was tabled at our Ordinary Council Meeting in March,” Mr Schober said.

“By endorsing this motion, Council made a commitment in line with community expectations, and we look forward to working closely with West Australian Forest Alliance to achieve positive outcomes for our community and natural environment in WA.”

WAFA Convenor Jess Beckerling said she was delighted to have the Shire’s support for the protection of south west forests.

“This support is a reflection of the Shire’s recognition that forest protection is critical to the environment, social and economic well-being of the region,” she said.

“We need to be proactive in our efforts to bring about policy change and see what remains of the forests protected from logging and clearing.

“The Denmark Shire must be commended for representing their community in this meaningful and substantial way.”

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