Media release: Manyana investigation is critical landmark  

The campaign to protect beautiful intact forest at Manyan on the NSW south coast has had a major victory today with the Federal Environment Minister placing an effective stop work order on the proposed clearing of the forest for a subdivision.

The announcement that the Federal Environment Minister has declared proposed clearing at Manyana as a ‘protected action’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is a significant win for local campaigners and their supporters on Council and in NSW Parliament.

Greens MP David Shoebridge said: 

“This is an incredibly important win for the forest and the local community and provides critical federal protection for this forest. The community has always known how precious this forest is, now this has been properly recognised under the law. 

“As a controlled action, the proposed clearing will now be assessed for its impact on threatened species including the grey-headed flying-fox, the greater glider, and the swift parrot. 

“Any reasonable assessment of this site will show just how important this forest is for habitat, particularly as one of the only patches of unburnt forest in the area.

“Locals worked hard to save this forest from bushfires, and now from bulldozers. 

“The local community have been indefatigable and have had unflagging support from their local Greens Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findlay. I’ve also been privileged to work with them to keep this on the agenda in the State Parliament and the broader community. 

“It’s time to permanently protect this critical patch of unburnt forest for the creatures that call it home, and the community that treasure it so highly,” Mr Shoebridge said.