Clearing a forest for a coal mine is completely wrong

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Firewood removal prohibited but wholesale destruction is fine

The concept of  State Forest in NSW rival the disgraceful Clean Air and Clean Water Act in the US. The title being a parody of the real intent of the legislation.

Forests NSW are a joke. This former government department turned corporation, failed to properly manage our forests for timber, initially over allocating timber resources and then watching on as mining decimate their assets.

There is a public duty for State Forests and Conservation Areas to be preserved and not destroyed. Yet mining, including open cut mining is permitted. This is not a conservation system but a mineral reserve system that allows wholesale destruction of the environment if this is the most profitable option.

The scene below would be expected in a third world country, with the high prevalence of foreign companies profiting from the host countries environmental degradation.

Coal miner Idemitsu, is 100% Japanese owned, clearing our forests, taking our coal for $8 per tonne royalty and wreaking havoc on our climate. All this while conflicting and corrupting our state governments for a relative pittance while our economy is burdened by abnormally high exchange rates.

Thanks for coming.