South Sister St. Marys, Tasmania
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The South Sister, near St Marys is a local icon, popular tourist destination, and recreation area for the locals BUT it is earmarked for logging. Many residents and past visitors to the area are very concerned that this will have devastating effects on the biodiversity of the area, the water supply of local residents (including St Marys), damage to eco-tourism and the local economy. The Forest Practice Plan was certified in January 2005 and is deficient in many respects. It fails to assess adequately the risk of landslide should logging proceed as well as risk to water and threatened species. See the community audit presented to Forestry Tasmania in early February 2005 for more details.
There are MANY good reasons why South Sister should not to be logged. Please see the history of the campaign and other news updates to learn more about the activities since being alerted to Forestry's intention to log this area late 2003.
Despite the fires of 2006, Forestry Tasmania still intends to log the South Sister in the
year 2012-2013. As part of the Tasmanian Forests Statement of Principles currently being discussed the first South Sister coupes slated for logging - NI114A has been included in the list of high conservation value (HCV) land. Other coupes on the Nicholas Range are also included in this HCV list. Current discussions with Bill Kelty the Federal Government's facilitator and signatories to the Statement of Principles indicate frustration with both Federal and State Governements for their lack of response to Kelty's interim report. Forestry Tasmania continues to be slow to provide information on the 115 coupes which are currently being logged in order to supply contracts. Meetings and negotiations will continue until the 15th September when the moratorium ends. At that time it is hoped that not only will the South Sister and the Nicholas Range be saved from logging but all HCV coupes in the state will also be protected.
In April 2011, a plaque commemorating the life of David Clement, SOS member and lover of the Nicholas Mountain range was unveiled on the mountain. 30 of David's family, friends and colleagues gave a warm tribute to the man with boundless energy and love who spent so much of his time, trying to save the South Sister from logging.
Three lichens identified on the South Sister (close to the coupe) by esteemed Herbarium Lichenologist Gintaras Kantvilas were nominated for listing on the Threatened Species List in 2006. Despite the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) recommending the three be listed as 'rare', the Minister failed to list the lichens. The Minister's decision was based on the premise that he was '... not able to determine whether these species are at risk ...' This was despite the lichens being recommended by SAC to be listed under the criteria stating ... 'species subject to stochastic risk ... because of naturally small population size(s).' ...
Despite Ralph Rallings providing information in the form of a Review Paper to RMPAT, Ombudsman, Forestry Tasmania, the former Minister of Forests, Bryan Green and then the former Premier Paul Lennon (who took over the Forest portfolio), none of the above were interested in investigating the false and misleading evidence provided by McIntosh and Weldon to RMPAT in 2005. Read the review and see for yourself how the conclusions reached by FT's experts remain in doubt by SOS experts ...
David Leaman's powerpoint presentation (1.92MB) at the South Sister fauna and flora 'walkshop', 05 April, 2008
'Biodiversity and landscape conservation of the Nicholas Range' - a powerpoint presentation (2.2MB) made by Nick Fitzgerald and Todd Dudley at the South Sister fauna and flora 'walkshop', 05 April, 2008
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