Royston blockade restarts with treesit and community walk-in

February 10, 2006

Environmentalists have returned this morning to block logging operations in an area of extremely high conservation value north east of Melbourne.

One activist is perched on a platform in an old growth tree, and a community walk-in of local residents is expected to arrive at the coupe at midday in order to show support for the blockade.

only 90 minutes from Melbourne, is home to large stands of rainforest, old growth forest, and Victoria’s endangered faunal emblem, the Leadbeaters Possum. Planned logging operations have been contested for several years. According to Sarah Rees of the Central Highlands Alliance, “The case to protect the Royston from woodchipping is irrefutable. The logging is also a slap in the face of the region’s tourism industry. These coupes will severely impact the last remaining undisturbed scenic lookouts along the Lake Mountain Ski Resort Trails, working against the intentions of the Alpine Resort 2020 Strategy”.

“It is appalling that the destruction of old trees and rainforest is occurring right now on Melbourne’s doorstep. For two years we have pleaded with the Bracks' government not to destroy this area. Now that logging has started, we have no choice but to stop the destruction ourselves.”

“It’s time for the Government to be held to account.” said TCHA Spokesperson Sarah Rees.

Sarah Rees- Mobile: 0438 368870 office: 5962 3461 sarah@tcha.org.au

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In the Forest: Mobile 0408 667 100

Background information available at: http://www.tcha.org.au/RoystonMtBullfight.htm