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Minister Groom Must Act Now to Save Swift Parrot from Extinction
Thursday 5 May 2016
Rosalie Woodruff to move—
That the House:—
(1) Notes the launch of a campaign by the Bob Brown Foundation to Save Bruny Island from the logging that is destroying the habitat of the critically endangered swift parrot.
(2) Understands that migratory species, such as swift parrots, are vulnerable to habitat degradation even in relatively small parts of their range, that this bird is under immense pressure from sugar glider predation, and that unless urgent action is taken to halt logging of nesting trees the swift parrot is on track for population collapse within three years.
(3) Recognises that:—
(a) the Forestry Stewardship Certification Audit Report that was released 1March 2016 identified nine major non-conformities that need to be fixed before Forestry Tasmania can market sustainably sourced wood products; and
(b) the Government has not yet identified what actions it will take to address the major non-conformities arising from this report with respect to the swift parrot, including finding alternatives to the clear-fell harvesting of old growth forest coupes, and managing threatened species and their habitat.
(4) Acknowledges that Tasmanians are sick of waiting for this Government to take action to protect threatened species, and that they are called by the urgency of the situation to take action themselves to prevent the extinction of this rare and wonderful bird.
(5) Thanks the Bob Brown Foundation, Markets for Change and people in the community for the work they do to save our native plants and animals from extinction.
(6) Calls on the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Hon Matthew Groom MP to immediately convert the logging moratorium on Bruny Island to a permanent ban, and to extend this to other areas of the south and east where there is swift parrot habitat.
(7) Calls on the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage to update the management of the swift parrot threatened species plan to include the new research conducted by the Australian National University scientists Dejan Stojanovich and Matt Webb.