Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the
West Regional Forest Agreement Consultation Process. You
can be assured that your submission contributed to a partial
victory for community and conservation interests. We will
be publishing an analysis of the outcome in the near future
and this will be displayed on this website and circulated
throughout our mailing list.
In brief, we believe that the RFA should not have been
signed in its current form. It is based upon incomplete
and poor science. There are still major problems with the
reserve system, and not enough emphasis placed upon non-timber
values. In and of itself, the RFA would spell an electoral
disaster for the ALP. However, the ALP has put in place
a number of reviews - separate to the RFA process- which
may provide opportunities to significantly alter the management
of public forests in the future. Therefore we are willing
to keep an open mind at the same time as putting all our
efforts into ensuring that the reviews are undertaken with
the utmost speed, transparency and accountability.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the RFA is that
the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (forestry)
don't even rate a slap around the wrist for what we believe
was their part in disrupting the RFA consultation process.
We will not be satisfied if any of the future reviews are
placed under the direction or influence of the forestry
section of this department.