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Tassie Forests could get Logging Reprieve

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 27 August 2015

Tags: Forests, Threatened Species, Environment, Swift Parrot, Bruny Island

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The Greens welcome Minister Groom’s commitment in Question Time today to investigate whether Tasmania may apply for funding to stop logging the habitat of threatened species such as the Swift Parrot. 

The question was prompted by a Radio National report which revealed that federal Minister Hunt had invited the Victorian government to apply for funding to stop logging the home of the endangered Leadbeater’s possum.

This could be the circuit breaker we need to stop logging in east coast and southern forests that the endangered Swift Parrot relies on, such as Bruny Island.

The swift parrot is listed as endangered and an application has been made to strengthen this to critically endangered. Native forest logging is one of the key threats to its survival.

We look forward to the Hodgman Liberal Government vigorously pursuing available federal funds to help protect the forest homes of threatened species and cut carbon emissions.