Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Campaign to Save the Ludlow Tuart Forest! One hundred and fifteen hectares of tall tuart forest officially became a mine site at 9am this morning. Protesters are still dwelling in the trees at a camp not far from Capel on what is now signposted as a 'tourist drive' ('Protesters stand tall for the tuarts,' ABC News, 17 August 2004). I travelled this route between Busselton and Bunbury in Western Australia's south west on my way to school, emerging from the tuart woodland to smell the fumes from the mineral sands mines. I saw farmland cleared, yellow sand shifted and (presumably) sifted and then the land returned to farming. That can't possibly happen with a tuart forest. Not in my life time.
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