|To:||COG bird discussions <>|
|Subject:||Gang-gangs not protected from Private Native Forestry in NSW|
|From:||Denis Wilson <>|
|Date:||Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:09:23 +1000|
The following letter from me has been published in today's Canberra Times.Many COG members live in NSW, and many more, who don't, might well burn firewood felled from north from Goulburn.
Gang-gang left off protected species list
The gang-gang cockatoo has been left off the list of species given ''protections'' under the NSW Private Native Forestry Code of Practice. That is despite the fact that it is listed under NSW legislation as a threatened species. Protections are meaningless under this NSW PNF Code of Practice. It is left up to the landowner or contractor to identify them. These are the people who benefit from the logging operation - a clear conflict of interest. It is inexcusable that the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage would leave gang-gangs completely off the list of species requiring protections. By contrast, other threatened species are granted such protections. As the gang-gang is the ACT faunal emblem, Canberrans deserves to be made aware of the deficiencies with this NSW legislation. Threatened species of birds do not recognise territorial/state boundaries. If NSW forestry practices fail to protect these birds, Canberra could lose its favourite birds.
Denis Wilson, Robertson, NSW
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