29 January, 2008

Families stage logging protest

ABC Gippsland, January 29, 2008

Families from the town in Goongerah in East Gippsland marched into an old-growth logging area this morning.

Eighteen people, including children from the remote south-east Victorian community, are protesting about clear-fell logging in the catchment of the Yalmi River.

Goongerah resident Jarrod Ruch says the logging will reduce the quality and quantity of the town's only water supply.

He says the logging is in an area earmarked for protection at the last state election.

"It's just the every day mums and dads and kids that are up here, there's nothing confrontational happening here today, it's just purely them wanting to make the point that this is important to us as a community to protect our old-growth forest and our water catchment in times of climate change which we're heading into," he said.

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