Barrabup conservation group headed to parliament

The Barrabup Conservation Group will head to the WA Parliament on Wednesday, September 13 to hand over a petition calling on the Environment Minister Stephen Dawson to declare the forest a formal conservation area.
The Barrabup Conservation Group will head to the WA Parliament on Wednesday, September 13 to hand over a petition calling on the Environment Minister Stephen Dawson to declare the forest a formal conservation area.

Nannup community members working to save Barrabup Forest will head to the WA Parliament on Wednesday, September 13 to hand a petition to the Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.

The Barrabup Conservation Group will call on the minister to stop logging in the forest and that it be declared a formal conservation area.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions were reviewing the old-growth forest status of areas within the Barrabup 03 coupe.

Mr Dawson said an assessment was currently underway and was due to be finalised by the end of the month when the results would be made public.

“Timber harvesting would not commence until the assessment for potential old-growth forest has been completed,” he said.

“If present, these areas will be excluded from operations.”

A Barrabup Conservation Group representative said they invited the Forestry and Environment ministers to meet them on the steps of parliament next week to receive their petition.

"The forest has significant Indigenous and early pioneering heritage,” the spokesperson said.

"Barrabup is home to rare and threatened flora/fauna and is the largest and oldest state forest left this close to Nannup, with large portions of it still free of dieback.”

The rally will take place at WA parliament from 8.30am to 10am next week, if you would like to find out more information please email barrabupconservationgroupwa@gmail.com.