Foresters and council answerable

LETTER

Monday’s rescue helicopter pictures of entire logs and other wood debris swirling in the floodwaters of northern Tolaga Bay are damning evidence against the forestry industry. Surely no further proof is needed that forestry’s practices come nowhere near what is expected of good environmental land care.

The aerial shots clearly showed what is not just slash and other minor waste, but rafts of entire logs — some over seven metres long.

Anything caught in the path of this “wall of wood” would have been reduced to matchsticks in moments.

Forestry cannot deny it is responsible — the wood is indisputably from logging.

Gisborne District Council is responsible for this state of affairs — it should immediately start proceedings under the Resource Management Act.

I would expect no less than a substantial fine to deter all in the forestry industry from further bad practice.

While mindful of the effect on employment in our district, no further logging should take place until the current mess is cleaned up, and anyone suffering damage is fully compensated.

The council needs to stop sitting on its hands and get tough — no more time-wasting talk.

Roger Handford

Monday’s rescue helicopter pictures of entire logs and other wood debris swirling in the floodwaters of northern Tolaga Bay are damning evidence against the forestry industry. Surely no further proof is needed that forestry’s practices come nowhere near what is expected of good environmental land care.

The aerial shots clearly showed what is not just slash and other minor waste, but rafts of entire logs — some over seven metres long.

Anything caught in the path of this “wall of wood” would have been reduced to matchsticks in moments.

Forestry cannot deny it is responsible — the wood is indisputably from logging.

Gisborne District Council is responsible for this state of affairs — it should immediately start proceedings under the Resource Management Act.

I would expect no less than a substantial fine to deter all in the forestry industry from further bad practice.

While mindful of the effect on employment in our district, no further logging should take place until the current mess is cleaned up, and anyone suffering damage is fully compensated.

The council needs to stop sitting on its hands and get tough — no more time-wasting talk.

Roger Handford

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Gina Sanders, Ness Valley Clevedon - 17 days ago
Exactly the experience of residents in Ness Valley, Auckland. The devastation and damage to our properties was enormous and the response from Auckland Council, the forestry owners and operators was disgracefully pitiful.

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