Loggers form guard of honour for colleague

SAD DAY: Forestry workers at Whian Whian form a guard of honour following the death of their colleague.
SAD DAY: Forestry workers at Whian Whian form a guard of honour following the death of their colleague. Rodney Stevens

Twelve logging trucks loaded with felled trees drove, honking their horns, past emotional workers to signal the completion of the logging.

Blackbutt logs on every truck were emblazoned with RIP, honouring the highly respected 60-year-old Kyogle Forestry Corporation worker.

Protesters who maintained a month-long vigil near the logging site ripped up black material to make armbands as a mark of respect.

Following Wednesday's incident, Crescent Moon Protection Group spokeswoman Sue James said the protest camp was dismantled.

"The camp and the barricade were all dismantled after the accident as a mark of respect," she said.

Ms James said the group had been concerned the area being logged was home to endangered species.

END OF THE ROAD: Protesters at the blockade that came to an end this week.
END OF THE ROAD: Protesters at the blockade that came to an end this week.

 

Logging of blackbutt on the private property was approved by Forestry Corporation of NSW and the Environmental Protection Authority. It began on September 13.

Owners of the property, Mikko Helle and Michael Eldridge were not present at any time during the logging or protests.

Police were called to the Whian Whian Rd site on September 16 and maintained a presence until yesterday.

During the blockade, five protesters were charged for entering enclosed lands.



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