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A message from Marie and Ray Wynan

We would like to sincerely thank all who have followed and supported The Glenbog FB page and the Glenbog Blog, to all who have written letters and emails, made comments and signed petitions (please keep signing).

To have been able to read the support and knowing so many of you care, helps us to keep going, keep searching, keep digging and clearing entrances to all the blocked burrows.

It seems the Forestry Corporation packed up their machinery and left the area. Due to the pressure from an amazing amount of people, they left the remaining area and an additional 29 burrows were saved. The amount of wombats and other flora and fauna saved by exposure from the media and public outrage truly has made an incredible difference.

Let us not forget the wombats that died by being buried alive. Let us not make it acceptable to call it “collateral damage” just because they are “only” protected and not a “threatened” species (it just not good enough). Bare Nosed wombats are highly intelligent and the panick and fear they had to endure before they slowly died is horrendous.

There need to be changes of attitudes from the contractors, supervisors and planners  within the working  zones. The Forestry Corporation need to include clauses of protecting wombat burrows in their final approval plans for ALL areas and not be permitted to plan Dump Points, new roads etc above burrows. EPA has to follow up and “heavily fine/jail sentences” for breeches by the Forestry. Burrying animals alive is a crime against the Animal Cruelty Act, where is RSPCA? Where is National Parks? Why is the Forestry not held accountable?

Currently, the logging continues in other areas with many wombat burrows and again, the “collateral damage” and “only protected” and “not threatened” and “we do not need to look for wombat burrows” and “we do not get paid to avoid burrows” continues………… we all need to keep fighting, to keep pushing, to make changes NOW!

Many thanks to all

From all the Bare Nosed Wombats that survived and remembering those who did not.

Sincerily
Marie and Ray Wynan, Jarake Sanctuary

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Update

As of 27 August 2014

 

  • Logging zone saved at Dump F includes 18 burrows (due to pressure from media)
  • 48 burrows are outside zone (wetland, rocky outcrop, etc)
  • 29 burrows still in zone to be logged and then inspected

 

54 burrows have been logged where:

  • 43 are safe
  • 4 totally destroyed and unable to be re-opened
  • 7 blocked entrances and re-opened by Ray Wynan….(not the Forestry) one burrow back filled 3 times.

Of the 54 burrows, approximately 30 burrows were logged and the 4 destroyed and 5 of 7was blocked BEFORE EPA came for an inspection. (9 of 30 burrows had been totally ignored, 30%).

After EPA’s visit the same burrows was backfilled the second and then the third time. An additional 2 burrows were blocked. Our markers had been torn off and removed from some burrows.


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Wombat deaths: Government investigates ‘what went wrong’

The Forestry Corporation of NSW has launched an investigation into “what went wrong” in the Glenbog State Forest on the south coast, after logging buried wombats in their burrows, despite a deal to protect the animals.

The Wombat Protection Society and Australian Wildlife Society said the wombats would have died slowly and the groups were angered that large GPS markings identifying the burrows were ignored by logging contractors. 

Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson was grilled by a parliamentary committee over the incident, revealed in The Sun-Herald a fortnight ago.

Ms Hodgkinson refused to use the word “buried”, instead saying the burrows had been “disturbed”. She accused Greens MP David Shoebridge of being “highly emotive” when he said the wombats had been buried alive.

But director-general of the Department of Primary Industries Scott Hansen agreed with Mr Shoebridge that the burrows had been covered with fallen debris and compacted soil, and the wombats could not get out.

“Access has been impeded,” Mr Hansen said. 

The Forestry Corporation, which is owned by the NSW government, suspended logging in the Glenbog State Forest after The Sun-Herald’s story and sent investigators to work with the protection society to excavate seven wombat burrows the following day. Eleven burrows were discovered to have been blocked.

Mr Hansen said a “review as to what went wrong” was under way and remedial action would be taken.

Wildlife groups had marked 150 burrows with large painted signs and given GPS locations under a deal with the Forestry Corporation to spare the animals. But neighbours reported the logging contractors had ignored the agreement, which included restrictions on driving at dawn and dusk, and had even built a dirt road over one burrow.

Marie Wynan, who runs a wildlife refuge at a nearby property and photographed the devastation, was concerned that the death rate could climb as loggers moved into the section of forest most densely populated by wombats.

A Forestry Corporation spokeswoman said on Saturday that logging had resumed. “Before harvesting resumed, the markings on the burrows in the remaining area were reviewed to ensure visibility to machine operators and the harvest plan was amended to exclude a small area,” she said.

“Forestry Corporation is continuing to investigate allegations of deliberate breaches of the harvest plan conditions.”

Labor has accused the government of failing to enforce environmental protections.

Mr Shoebridge said the logging operation in the Glenbog State Forest was under the NSW government’s control.

 


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Notice of Motion moved by David Shoebridge (Greens MP) in State Parliament

1976. Mr Shoebridge to move­

 

1. That this House notes that:
(a) the Wombat Protection Society recently marked about 150 burrows in the Glenbog State Forest with GPS coordinates and bright paint to allow loggers to avoid the burrows,
(b) agreement was obtained with the Forestry Corporation to ensure entrances to burrows were not obstructed by logging debris or otherwise damaged,
(c) despite this understanding, logging operations in the Glenbog State Forest have since caused the collapse of burrow entrances, meaning wombats have been buried alive and will starve to death,
(d) the Environmental Protection Authority inspected the site and provided recommendations about protecting wombat burrows but took no further action, and
(e) further logging is planned in this forest in areas with large wombat populations.

2. That this House call on the Government to:
(a) immediately halt logging in Glenbog State Forest,
(b) condemn the actions of Forestry Corporation in allowing the destruction of these burrows, and
(c) urgently review policies in place to protect native species including wombats from harm during logging operations.

(Notice given 14 August 2014­expires Notice Paper No. 228)