So the strategy right now is simple: change our status from ‘loggable’ to ’not’.
We have prepared a detailed report on how and why the island should be excluded from logging. It outlines the legal ways the Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations can take us out of the Annual Allowable Cut, or the Timber Harvest Landbase, or use other designations that accomplish the same thing – not perfect, but a much more secure position. Later in life we could all discuss permanent protection of some kind.
Council supports the idea that Bowen shouldn’t be logged. This document is a tool Mayor and Council can use when lobbying government. It can be used by government ministers and others to decide and act in a timely manner, without much controversy.
Thanks to David Hocking, Will Husby, John Rich and Bob Turner for their intense work on this very useful new tool.