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Senate report: hope for vulnerable NSW koalas

Recommendations of a Senate inquiry report into vulnerable koalas, tabled today and instigated by Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, will help halt the dramatic decline in koala numbers in NSW if they are implemented, says Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

Bob Brown and Lee Rhiannon called for a national inquiry in August 2010, during the Federal election campaign. Koala populations are particularly vulnerable in areas of the central, mid- north and north coasts, parts of the north-west and south coasts.

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Evidence in: logging native forests kills biodiversity

Lee Rhiannon 15 Sep 2011

Scientists in a new study, just published in the prestigious journal ‘Nature’, have demonstrated the importance of Australia stepping up its protection of native forests to defend biodiversity, said Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon (SMH online today).

“Logging forests is shown to devastate biodiversity, with disturbed forests poorer in the richness of mammals, birds, plants and other species,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“This study debunks the myth that secondary forests have the same biodiversity values.

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Time for govt to walk away from Regional Forest Agreement failure

Lee Rhiannon 13 Sep 2011

Pressure is mounting on Forests Minister Joseph Ludwig to admit that Regional Forest Agreements (RFA) have failed, following statements today by a prominent ecologist that industrial logging under RFAs is irreversibly changing our forest landscapes for the worse, said Greens Senator and Forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon (Canberra Times, ‘Old Growth loss catastrophic’ 13/9/11).

“The RFA process is clearly broken and not up to the task of protecting native forests and threatened species from dangers posed by logging” said Senator Rhiannon.

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Speech: Nippon Paper and Bushfires

Lee Rhiannon 13 Sep 2011

Adjournment speech, Tuesday 13 September 2011

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (19:51): A Bega based forest activist's website has resulted in a woman facing a charge of international identity theft. This occurred in July this year and it raises questions about the power of business to control the use of domain names on the internet and about the ability of individuals with a mousepad to influence and irritate multinational companies.

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Campaign builds to stop logging vandalism

Lee Rhiannon 31 Aug 2011

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

Tanja State Forest on the NSW far south coast is stunning. Dominated by spotted gums and a scattering of yellow and white stringybarks on the ridges and rainforest gullies the beauty is enjoyed by locals and visitors.

As the Australian Greens forest spokesperson I was on the NSW far south coast yesterday to meet with locals about Forests NSW’s plan to log this area.

If Forests NSW sticks to its current plan, 80 per cent of the trees and 90 per cent of the wood taken from Tanja will end up as woodchips.

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Greens MPs in Bega for carbon price public meeting, visit to logging flashpoint Tanja State Forest

Greens NSW Senator and Forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW MP and Forestry spokesperson David Shoebridge are in Bega today to hold a public meeting on the carbon price package and what it means for the NSW Far South Coast. They will also join local environmental campaigners to visit Tanja State Forest, due to be logged in coming weeks.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “The cracks in Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s fear campaign are beginning to show. 

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Federal government fails to rule out funding Eden wood-fired power station

Australian Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says the major parties' refusal to rule out federal funding to support the operations of the proposed Eden wood-fired power station, by voting against a motion she put to Federal Parliament yesterday, suggests the proposal could still have life.

The full motion and debate from Hansard is provided below. Senator Rhiannon and NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge are visiting South East NSW next Tuesday 30 August.

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Motion on Eden Biomass Power Plant

Motions, 25 August 2011

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the operator of the Eden woodchip mill in south east New South Wales, South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd (SEFE) which is owned by Nippon Paper Industries, plans to build a 5MW biomass-fired power station in Eden,

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