It was not on the meeting agenda but Councillor Gae Swain made sure that at the council’s monthly meeting the crisis facing Gunnedah Timbers in New South Wales remained in the spotlight. Source: Namoi Valley Independent
Cr Swain took the opportunity during open discussion at the meeting to again urge council to continue to help Gunnedah Timbers in its ongoing battle with the State Coalition Government over logging rights in the Pilliga.
Cr Swain said the owners of Gunnedah Timbers were “meeting a brick wall” in its struggle to get the government to clarify its stance on the issue as time runs out for their business.
“There are 35 families in our community that will suffer if Gunnedah Timbers cannot obtain access to appropriate areas of Pilliga cypress,” Cr Swain said.
“This is a sustainable industry and we must get more vocal.
“It is too late when doors are shut.”
Cr Swain said it would be appropriate if the Minister came and spoke to the owners and workers.