Protestors take to Simcoa

Taking a stand: Bunbury man John Vukovich chained to the entry gate of the Wellesley Simcoa site. Photo: Miles Tweedie Photography.

Taking a stand: Bunbury man John Vukovich chained to the entry gate of the Wellesley Simcoa site. Photo: Miles Tweedie Photography.

Twenty protestors have risked arrest after staging a protest outside silicon manufacturing company Simcoa to voice their concerns about the environmental impact of the operation.

It is understood the three-hour protest took place on Monday, November 5, and saw Bunbury man John Vukovich spearhead the movement - chaining himself to the site's entry gate.

Mr Vukovich was cut free before both he and the other protestors were moved on from the Wellesley site by police. The 84-year-old grandfather told the Bunbury Mail he held grave concerns about the logging of forests and the release of dangerous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.

Fellow protestor Julia Jones said the protest was about sending a strong message.

"There are alternatives that are far more sustainable and better for the environment and still create the same amount of jobs. Our forests are far more valuable standing and they're very important to our climate."

Simcoa did not respond to questions from the Bunbury Mail.