Locked out

Julie Samson, Spring Hill

I’m very disappointed with your front page coverage of the debate regarding VEAC’s proposed changes to the status of the Wombat State Forest. A huge photo and quotes from a VEAC spokesperson arguing for a National Park and an event that attracted 60 participants, compared with a tiny photo and three paragraphs to cover the peaceful, well-conducted and informative protest against a National Park which occurred in Gisborne on Saturday November 10 and attracted over 1000 participants.
The Gisborne protest was organised by BUGU (Bush Users Groups United) and heard speakers from forestry experts, horse-riders, four wheel drivers, dog-walkers, trail-bike riders, prospectors and firewood collectors, all of whom are against the proposed changes.
They wish to continue their use of the Wombat State Forest and believe that the forest will deteriorate if they are pushed into using the 10,000 hectares of Regional Park and locked out of the 50,000 hectares of National Park, which is what the VEAC proposal would do.
Living in Spring Hill (which under the proposal would become a National Park) I’m very concerned about the fuel build-up and increased bushfire danger if the controlled burn-offs and firewood collection that the State Forest managers allow now are discontinued.

4 thoughts on “Locked out

  • November 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    It seems a reasonable complaint but the idea that granting National Park status to a state forest is somehow a negative is hard to comprehend. The anti-National Park lobby have few sympathisers.

    It’s a bit like being offered an upgrade to first class and rejecting it because you won’t be able to fool around the way you do in economy.

    • November 22, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Firstly, with the totally restrictive rules of access and use, it’s very hard to see how you could look at National Park status as an ‘upgrade’! It is more like being told you’ve been upgraded to first class, however, you are not allowed to fly, and must get off the aircraft immediately!

  • November 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    The anti-NP group is over 15,000! First class vs economy? Obviously you are a bush walker and that’s it. No one wants locked up National Parks apart from Green voting day walkers.

    • November 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      15,000 in a state of six and a half million mostly city dwellers – good luck with that.


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