Burning issues

The announcement that independent members of federal parliament, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, will move to allow biomass sourced from native forests to qualify as renewable energy has caused much angst in the conservation movement.

In a press release Oakeshott  states that  “ . . . Under the rules already in place, not one more tree would be cut down if the regulation was disallowed, no extra forest burned, not one more koala injured, and not one more woodchip produced. . . ”

It seems natural that conservationists would object to the proposal, however the forest restoration proposals for koalas from Dignams to Wapengo also propose burning  forest biomass to produce bio-char and help address deforestation.

From that perspective, Renewable Energy Certificates would be a way to help cover the costs associated with the forest restoration proposals.

In order to ascertain whether Mr Oakeshott is abreast of concerns about extensive canopy dieback and given the northern extent of DADD is reputedly in his electorate, a request for information about what has informed his decision has been sent to him.

It seems unlikely that there will be a response before Tony Burkes koala announcement on Friday, if at all.

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