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The way Preolenna was …

Evelyn DeVito
Preolenna was a productive farming community. It produced potatoes including the seed potato crop for Australia, milk, beef and other crops for almost 100 years with little irrigation and without environment degradation other than the original clearing of the rainforest. Remnant bush in the wetter areas and along waterways provided habitat for a rich and diverse population of native animals and birds. Turning that into a vast monoculture industrial tree plantation would have been an act of vandalism if the outcomes were planned. Unfortunately there was no real planning for the safety of the remaining residents, the economic effects on the small towns of the northwest coast or the production of food for Australia and export. Shane’s unreasoning response to this article is typical of the response of the timber industry to the questions raised by myself and others about the long-term effects of industrial plantations. For the 9 years I have been involved in this debate, serious questions have been consistently been ignored or sidestepped by paid lobbyists and uninformed individuals within the Preolenna community who act as unpaid spokespersons for the industry. And Shane, don’t be lulled into complacency by the high rainfall in the district. In the History of the Preolenna Primary School printed in about 1992 there are references to days of bush fires in the district in the 1930s, and that was when there was a much larger human population and far fewer trees. Read the article here, and comment

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