WA Forest Alliance start digital advertising campaign

South West Environment Centre and WA Forest Alliance members at the Bunbury digital billboard. Photo is supplied.
South West Environment Centre and WA Forest Alliance members at the Bunbury digital billboard. Photo is supplied.

The WA Forest Alliance have turned to digital billboards to push its cause in the lead up to the election.

WA Forest Alliance convenor Jess Beckerling said it was had never been more urgent to protect the regions forests.

"We have been able to unveil this first billboard and kick off a substantial advertising campaign for the forests in the lead-up to the State election, thanks to some very generous donations from community people who can see the urgent need to protect Karri and Jarrah forests from logging and clearing," she said.

"The weight of public opinion is firmly behind protecting native forests.

"Recent polling shows that 78 per cent of West Australians support the protection of the South West's native forests and timber production coming from plantations.

"Now we need Government policy to reflect community views.

"Every single day in the South West, 10 football fields of Karri and Jarrah forests are logged and cleared - with 85 per cent of the wood sold going to woodchip, firewood, charcoal and mill-waste.

"This is a shocking waste of precious forests that we need now more than ever to be removing carbon from the atmosphere, bringing rain and providing homes and food for wildlife.

"Honey producers, tourism operators, wine-growers and farmers down in the South West, as well as everyday West Australians who love the forests, the clean air and the world's best rainwater we get down here, are calling out for the forests to be protected to secure our region's beauty, prosperity and way of life.

"We are encouraging people to visit our website for more information, and to get in touch with Premier McGowan and local candidates for the election in just five weeks' time. The only way to change the story is to make our voices heard."

The WA state election will be held on March 13.