Police remove 12 logging protesters

POLICE said 12 protesters were removed from a private property at Whian Whian yesterday that is being logged by the Forestry Corporation of NSW.

The protesters were at the site from 6.30am on Monday after they claim loggers breached an oral agreement between locals and loggers not to conduct felling until an Environmental Protection Authority assessment of the property was conducted.

North East Forestry Alliance spokesman Dailan Pugh said the property, next to Nightcap National Park, is being logged so the State Government can meet its quota of supply to logging companies under Regional Forestry Agreements.

He was concerned Forestry Corporation contractors had not undertaken basic legal requirements to ensure koala habitat and other habitats were not being destroyed by logging.

Crescent Moon Protection Group's Sue James said police, the logging contractor and protesters came to an agreement on Friday that no felling would continue on Monday to allow the protesters a chance to engage the EPA.

"It can take up to two weeks for the EPA to conduct an emergency habitat assessment," Ms James said.