Petition Closed

Bega Valley Shire Councillors on 7th February approved a Development Application for Australia’s first pellet plant at the Eden chipmill, using native forest wood.

Only Crs Seckold and Hughes voted against it.

Burning pellets from native forest wood is not clean, green or renewable. Even with direct taxpayer subsidies of almost $15 million a year in NSW, native forest logging in this State is struggling to survive. The woodchipping industry is looking to energy production such as wood pellets to replace the income it is losing as traditional woodchip markets dry up, as more and more paper producers around the world refuse to buy their woodchips from native forest.
This decision is historic. If the plant goes ahead it has importance far beyond Bega Valley Shire.

 

Letter to
Mr Tony Allen, Mayor Bega Valley Shire Councillors
Bega Valley Shire Councillors
Bega Valley Shire Councillors
and 6 others
Bega Valley Shire Councillors
Bega Valley Shire Councillors
Bega Valley Shire Councillors
Bega Valley Shire Councillors
Deputy Mayor Bega Valley Shire Councillors
Bega Valley Shire Councillors
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Bega Valley Shire Councillors.

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Please reconsider approval for a wood pellet plant at the Eden chipmill

Burning pellets from native forest wood is not clean, green or renewable. Even with direct taxpayer subsidies of almost $15 million a year in NSW, native forest logging in this State is struggling to survive. The woodchipping industry is looking to energy production such as wood pellets to replace the income it is losing as traditional woodchip markets dry up, as more and more paper producers around the world refuse to buy their woodchips from native forest.
This decision is historic. It has importance far beyond Bega Valley Shire.
Native forests provide food and shelter for wildlife. They store and filter water. They protect topsoil from erosion and are the safest and cheapest way to remove dangerous greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. We can do better than burning them as pellets.

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Sincerely,