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How do the Cassowaries pass by?
Where does the Aerial Spray drift to? Suburban Kuranda? Clifton Beach?
Which Creeks and Rivers do the chemicals end up in? Who is drinking it?
What do the Frogs think? Feel? [ouch!]
Here is an inspiring example of what community action was able to achieve on related forestry issues in Northern NSW.
This article also names the chemicals used in forestry operations.
No Spray, No Way community fights chemical weed spraying in Gladstone state forest
March 16, 2015 in Media
It has been described as a laid-back, tree-fringed town with a community that prides itself on making a living out of organic farming and healthy lifestyles.
So when residents around Bellingen in the state’s north were told that the nearby Gladstone State forest was about to be aerially sprayed by the Forestry Corporation with a cocktail of chemical weed killers they reacted angrily and immediately mounted a campaign to stop it.
“We set up camps in the forest, on the helipad site and the entrance to the forest to run around-the-clock on-ground vigilance at all times,” said resident and No Spray No Way campaigner Susan Weil.
“Forestry Corporation was not allowed to conduct any aerial spraying while there were community members in the forest and we took full advantage of this protocol,” Ms Weil told Fairfax Media.
Trouble started with the announcement from the Forestry Corporation that an area that had become overrun with weeds after it was logged for hardwood was going to be sprayed from a helicopter to kill the weeds before a new plantation of timber was planted. Forestry Corporation said it was planning to mix four chemcials and herbicides: Glyphosate, Metsulfurin Methyl, Fluroxypyr and Simazine and the adjuvants Liaise and Pulse, to do the job.Read more
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
We couldn't understand how our Wet Tropics Forest- right next to the World Heritage- could get sold off without mentioning it to the local community or the public.
So we wrote a comprehensive letter to Mr Craig Crawford to try and understand what had been decided and what was in the agreement with Hancocks.
They hadn't even mentioned it to the local groups who had been tree planting in the area for years.
Dear Mr Crawford,
Friends of the Earth Kuranda would like to congratulate you on your success in the State election and we hope that this will be the beginning of a much better future for our area.
There are a few of issues that we are greatly concerned about and that we would like to draw your attention to.
Barron River Water Quality and the Reef
UNESCO has threatened to list the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) as “endangered” largely due to sediment and run-off from industry. We believe it is counterproductive for the government to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to try to reduce sediment, chemical and nutrient runoff on to the Great Barrier Reef while unsustainable land uses in our region are still being encouraged, such as the expansion of the sugar cane industry and pine plantations on the Tablelands, which negatively impact on the Barron River and the Reef.
The negative impacts from these types of intensive agriculture developments threaten the future expansion of Cairns and the status of Kuranda and Far North Queensland as tropical eco-destinations. As tropical tourist destinations, the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA) and the GBRWHA continue to be degraded with sediment, nutrient and chemical run-off leaching into waterways and ending up polluting the Reef.Read more
State sells off Forestry Plantations Queensland for $603 million to Hancock Queensland Plantations
The Courier Mail, May 18 2010
The Queensland government has announced the sale of Forestry Plantations Queensland - the first transaction in its controversial asset sales.
Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the 99-year licence for the timber plantation business would be sold for $603 million to Hancock Queensland Plantations.
The sale price is well in excess of the $500 million that had been anticipated.
Mr Fraser said he signed the contract on Tuesday morning.
"By reaching agreement on a price of $603 million, this exceeds original expectations and is great news for Queensland taxpayers,'' Mr Fraser told state parliament on Tuesday.
"This is the first of the five commercial businesses to be sold, licensed or leased to the private sector, as the government reforms the state balance sheet and builds a stronger Queensland economy.''
He said award staff would have their jobs guaranteed for three years.
Mr Fraser said Hancock Queensland Plantations, a company managed by Hancock Timber Resource Group on behalf of institutional investors, had won the right to grow and harvest the trees.
Crown plantation land on which the majority of the business sits will remain in government ownership.
The sale includes about 35,000 hectares of freehold land, which is about 10 per cent of the total estate.