“ When these little kids grow up and ask me what did I do try and pass on a healthy planet for future generations, with tall forests and clear flowing streams, and koalas and gliders, I’ll be able to look them in the eye and say I tried“.
19th Jan – At 5am this morning, Knitting Nanna, Sharyn O’Dell today took action for the future of her children and grandchildren.
Before dawn she attached herself to the main gates of the Heron’s Creek sawmill, the biggest native forest mill in NSW, now owned by Pentarch, a private company that have acquired significant interest in the native forest logging industry.
Ms O’Dell’s family stood beside her as she settled in waiting to be cut from the gate and arrested. Her son, daughters in law and grandchildren, are all immensely proud.
“There’s generations of our family standing here today to save generations of the forest.
“When these little kids grow up and ask me what did I do try and pass on a healthy planet for future generations, with tall forests and clear flowing streams, and koalas and gliders, I’ll be able to look them in the eye and say I tried.
“It’s not ok for companies like this to be profiting from the plunder of our forests. More than half the wood that comes in, leaves as woodchips. Some gets turned into floorboards, but just like it’s not ok to kill whales to make perfume, it’s not ok to kill koalas to get floorboards for designer houses. Sustainably managed plantations have to be the way forward.
“I live near Bulga Forest. I’ve seen the destruction with my own eyes. I moved to the area because I loved the forest greens and I also loved the people who were prepared to stand up for what they believe in.
“I heard Mayor Pinson on the radio yesterday saying she was running for election and supported harsher penalties for protesters. I’d like to remind her she wouldn’t be running for election or even be able to vote if it hadn’t been for those hard core protesters the suffragettes. There were plenty of the ruling elite wanted to shut down those protesters too, but just as women won the vote, we people will stop the logging of our native forests. It’s just a matter of time. Governments know it, the loggers know it and we know it. It’s a matter of minimising the damage between now and then,” Ms O’Dell said.
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