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We acknowledge the peoples of the Yuin and Wiradjuri Nations and the Ngarigo, Walgalu, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Djirringanj and Ngunnawal tribal people, who are the Traditional Owners of the Country that is the subject of this proposal. We pay respect to the Elders past and present of these Nations and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people who read about this vision for our children, our forests, our world.


"This work looks really impressive and important. I admire your work in this area immensely."
Professor Tim Flannery, Climate Council. 13.06.2017


For the State’s 432,575ha of native forests in southeast NSW, the Great Southern Forest recommends that the Federal and State Governments:

1. Espouse a new, ethically responsible long-term vision based on recognition that public native forests have far wider community values than their present use as a source of wood which can now be met from plantations.

2. Endorse changing management of these biodiverse ecosystems from destructive and loss-making logging under the failed RFA regimes to their crucial roles in the climate and water cycles, and to their major contributions to species diversity and community well-being.

3. Develop new management arrangements for the forests and, drawing on the best scientific advice and the knowledge of Traditional Owners, train a highly skilled workforce for diverse regional jobs in forest restoration and adaptation.

4. Share the value and respect regional communities have for our native forests: for their carbon sequestration and climate mitigation benefits; for their intrinsic uniqueness and beauty; and, for all their living creatures.


These organisations represent about 130,000 GSF supporters - and counting!

Nature Conservation Council NSW | South East Region Conservation Alliance Inc. | National Parks Association (Far South Coast branch) | NPA NSW | Conservation Council ACT Region | National Trust (Far South Coast branch) | Lawyers for Forests | Friends of the Koala Inc.

Environment East Gippsland | Potoroo Palace | Forest Media | Australian Forests & Climate Alliance | Total Environment Centre | Clean Energy for Eternity Inc. | Australian Rainforest Conservation Society

North Coast Environment Council | Bega Valley Greens

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