Two women who grew up in the Manning Valley are currently suspended from trees with  ropes connected to, and stopping, logging in Yarratt Forest north of Taree.

Yarratt forest is the only high quality koala habitat in the Taree Forest Management Area that wasn’t severely burnt in the Black Summer fires.

Juliet Lamont, film-maker and activist.

The two women, mother Juliet, and daughter Luca, hope their action will focus attention on the NSW Government’s negligence and lack of concern about koalas, forests and climate change.

‘I grew up in this area in the 70’s and both of my daughters were born here,’ Juliet Lamont said.

‘The magic and power of these forests have deeply shaped our lives and I’m horrified to see their utter destruction as we find ourselves in this global environmental crisis.

‘I’m here with my 24-year-old daughter Luca to call out this madness and say that we all have a human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.’

‘There is a lot of criticism about taking direct action to protect our environment as being RADICAL.

‘Climbing a native tree to stop logging to bring attention to the insanity of destroying our publicly owned state native forests isn’t radical.’

‘Tax payers dollars that subsidise this industry at a loss of $30 million over the last two years, that’s radical.

‘Yarratt Forest is the only forest in the lower Manning Valley that wasn’t burnt in the 2019 fires and the Government’s own experts recommended there be no logging in the Taree area for three years.

‘Instead, the Forestry Corporation went straight in and they have utterly obliterated half of it, and now started on the other half! That’s radical. Destroying endangered koala habitat is radical.’

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