FOUR new national parks and billions of litres of water are needed to save the Murray River’s dying river red gum forests, an investigation has found.
But the timber industry claims that up to 80 jobs could be wiped out and some small towns decimated by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s recommendations.
An unsustainable industrial practice should never win over the preservation of a dying forest. With over 70% of the trees under stress and 400 species of plants and animals under threat, can the Forestry and Timber industry really see this as a good PR exercise?
It’s hard to find more water for the river, but with so much diverted for irrigation elsewhere, the question comes back to whether industry and farming wins over vast areas of natural threatened habitat land.
Lets hope that common sense prevails.