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The Shannon basin : pines, parks and passions

Fogarty, M, and Lindsay, R. (1984) The Shannon basin : pines, parks and passions. Western Farmer and Grazier, 24 May 1984. pp. 20-21 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Economic chaos, inevitable wildfire and job losses are some of the critical issues to emerge from the controversial Shannon River debate. The establishment of 60,000 hectares of prime forest land in the South West as a national park has conservationists at loggerheads with the people of Manjimup and districts. Logging operations stopped six weeks ago, although the fate of the Shannon is still official undecided, the government has ordered that the area be managed as a national park. The timber industry employs around 7,000 people in the Manjimup district and they are involved in wood processing and forest management activities. If the government's proposal goes ahead many stand to lose their jobs. The establishment of a national park will generate employment through an increase in tourism, according to the conservationists. However according to Forestry Department officials there is no way of estimating how converting the Shannon into a national park will affect tourism. A West Australian Conservation Council spokesman, John Bailey said this issue is irrelevant as the quest is to preserve the environment. The establishment of a national park will adversely affect farmers through the use of prime horticultural land being turned over for pine plantations. The Primary Industry Association has concerns at the prospect of farming areas being sold out to the Forestry Department, with six farms sought by the government to date.

This article contains an image showing logged land.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1984 Western Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58682
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