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  • Forest Threnody
    by Simon Peterffy on October 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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    A stunning video by professional photographer John Austin showing images of the fight to try and save our forest in Western Australia from the devastation of modern intensive logging. Photos range from 1994 to 2013.

  • Save Helms Forest!
    by Simon Peterffy on September 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM
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    GWN7 news item from Monday 18th September, covering the campaign to protect Helms and the threat to endangered black cockatoos from the logging of Helms by the FPC.

    The news reader got it wrong.

    Helms is not the cockatoos ONLY remaining habitat but it's a vital part of it because it's right next to a major cockatoo rehabilitation and breeding centre and the cockatoos are released from there directly into Helms. All of the remaining Jarrah/Marri forest is important feeding and breeding habitat to ALL 3 of WA's endangered black cockatoo species - Forest Red-tailed, Carnaby's and Baudin's Black Cockatoos.

    Much of the forest around the rehabilitation centre has been recently severely burned by an escaped DEC burnoff and also much of the forest has been disturbed and damaged by logging by the FPC. Recently, the cockatoos have become all too common on the Swan Coastal Plain because they are struggling to find enough food in the forest. The best food source for all 3 species are Marri trees with their huge gum nuts and large seeds inside but the cockatoos are being forced to seek food in areas where they don't normally spend too much time, like the suburbs and roadsides around Perth. Hanging around highly populated areas looking for food, they risk being shot, hit by cars and trucks and being poisoned by eating exotic plants that they wouldn't normally touch unless they are very hungry. Many are being found during the hotter months and turned in to rehabilitation centres in a very poor condition, starving and exhausted.

    It all adds up to the gradual but very likely extinction of all 3 species of these black cockatoos as they have been in decline for decades and the decline is accelerating now.

    Logging is reducing the number of older hollow bearing Marri and Jarrah trees that they nest in and feed on. This has recently been confirmed by Ron Johnstone of the WA Museum and has long been suspected by environment groups. Marri and banksia trees are regularly targeted by the Forest Products Commission to be notched and poisoned (killed off) and these are vital food sources for the birds.

    Nothing is as black and white as the news readers or the forest industry tells us! Reality and life's not that simple.

  • Chester party camp....
    by Simon Peterffy on February 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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    Chester was a wicked party camp ... All prepared to defend biodiversity!

  • Warrup campaign, early 2012
    by Simon Peterffy on June 25, 2012 at 1:19 AM
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  • Parade Road community walk-on and lock-o...
    by Simon Peterffy on January 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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    Local community members storm a front-end loader moving logs at 'The Tuarts', a residential development by Ironbridge, just off Parade Road in Dalyellup, Bunbury.

    Work on the whole site was stopped for a couple of hours, and several large earth-moving machines and also chainsaws cutting up logs had to be stopped.

    The developers and earthmoving contractors destroyed a large number of mature, old growth and very large Jarrah, Marri and Tuart trees.

    The nest of a pair of Black Cockatoos was destroyed along with the whole tree and two of their baby chicks were killed. All three species of Black Cockatoo in WA are on the threatened species list. See The Cockatoos Need You -

    It was absolutely disgraceful behaviour from the developers and contractors, who were clearing the trees in spring time, which is prime breeding season for many local bird species. No doubt, the nests of other birds were destroyed also and many of the trees were hundreds of years old.

    Thanks to Jerome for putting together this short film. See more of Jerome's films at -

  • WA logging may imperil thirsty forests: ...
    by Simon Peterffy on January 10, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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    The Environmental Protection Authority in WA warns the WA State government that reduced rainfall from a drying climate and Climate Change could ruin WA's eastern jarrah forests and recommends that logging in those forests be stopped.

    Environmental groups call for an end to logging of all native forest due to unsustainable logging of the forests in the past, damage to the forests because of this and also because of the threat of Climate Change and reduced rainfall.

  • Roger locked on.
    by Simon Peterffy on February 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    Cops read him his rights and Roger beat the charges and received costs from police...a good result

  • Coal conveyor lock-on at Collie Power St...
    by Simon Peterffy on January 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM
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    Two activists shut down and locked on to the conveyor that supplies the Collie Power Station. The conveyor was shut down for a number of hours.

    The activists explain why they did this and implore the WA state government to end reliance on coal-fired power because of Climate Change and CO2 emissions and to embrace Renewable Energy as the power of the 21st century.

    Thanks to Jerome for putting together this short film. See more of Jerome's films at -

  • Collis gets Pied
    by Simon Peterffy on February 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    Just b4 he address's a mining conference to tell em how he kicked our arse... Chris from the Biotic Baking Brigade strikes!

  • Coal conveyor lock-on at Muja Power Stat...
    by Simon Peterffy on January 10, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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    One activist locked on to the coal conveyer supplying coal to the Muja Power Station and was supported by a buddy on the conveyor and a support crew on the ground.

    The conveyor was shut down for a number of hours and Police removed and arrested the activist.

    Thanks to John Vukovich for this short film. You can see more of John's films here on Youtube -

  • Simcoa 'Priest' Action
    by Simon Peterffy on February 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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    Dressed as priests and nuns we did a blessing on the new Bunbury Cathedral.

  • Forest Rescue ACTION flick
    by Simon Peterffy on February 19, 2011 at 8:51 AM
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