NSW North Coast mayor Dominic King wants moratorium on logging during fire threat

Cr Dominic King, mayor of Bellingen Shire.
Cr Dominic King, mayor of Bellingen Shire.

The mayor a northern NSW town wants the state government to place a moratorium on logging until the fire emergency is over.

Bellingen Shire Council mayor Dominic King said loss and fragmentation of habitat is recognised as a key threat for endangered species and as such highlights the importance of protecting remaining forests.

Bellingen, situated on the Bellinger River between Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads, has managed to avoid the recent damaging fires but faces on ongoing issue with logging.

"This region's unique forests are recognised as one of the 36 biodiversity hotspots in the world and with more than 150,000 hectares of forest burned in these unprecedented fires in and around our shire we cannot afford to lose any more environmentally significant habitat."

With the continued devastation from the Spring 2019 bushfire season and loss of critical habitat and koalas across the Mid-North Coast, Cr King is calling for the suspension on logging in Bellingen Shire and regions suffering extreme bushfire threat until the following occur:

1. The immediate threat of bushfires subsides within the region

2. Rainfall of 160-200mm across the region is received to support the effort to stop the current fires. It is council's understanding that this is the estimated required rainfall to manage the fire risk as provided by the Rural Fire Service).

3. An assessment of the impact the fires have had on koala habitat and endangered plant communities is conducted by qualified professionals

4. The number of koalas and endangered plant communities lost to fires are quantified.

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