Save Ferny Forest rally set to go ahead

PASSIONATE community members, along with environmental and recreational groups will come together this Friday March 11 from 4-6pm at Pioneer Park, Landsborough to rally against the proposed harvesting of core koala habitat at Ferny Forest.

It is backed by the support of many, with a petition against the proposed logging of Ferny Forest gaining over 20,500 signatures, with protesters planning to rally against what they call the “environmental vandalism” of the area.

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) announced in December that logging of up to 50 per cent of the 129-hectare region, known as both Ferny Forest and Beerwah State Forest, would soon begin.

The announcement has created community anger with two key groups – Save Ferny Forest and Save Beerwah State Forest – arguing it would lead to irreparable damage and destruction of the forest and animals and introduce pests and disease.

Other groups are backing intervention including the Sunshine Coast Environmental Council, which described the forest as an “increasingly rare refuge in nature with its incredible conservation and habitat values for threatened species such as greater gliders, koalas, glossy black cockatoos and tusked frogs, and that was now under threat from imminent logging”.