South East Region Conservation Alliance

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South East Region Conservation Alliance

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Conservation, environment and concerned citizens groups on the South Coast formed the South East Region Conservation Alliance Inc.(SERCA) in September 2005. It was incorporated on 2nd June 2008 (INC9889501).

This action was taken to maximise efforts and resources and has been triggered initially by four major environmental issues affecting the region. These were the (then) new Batemans Shelf Marine Park; continued woodchipping of native forests; the release of the NSW Governments South Coast Regional Planning Strategy; and a range of national park management issues.

SERCA campaigns for new native forest management to protect Australia's unique forest environmental values. It considers that over-logging has severely damaged forests, their tree, plant and animal species, their soils and micro-organisms, and their capacity to contribute to clean water supplies; and that this damage has contributed significantly to regional climate change and global warming. Trees in logged areas are not regrowing as expected. Many forest species are endangered or threatened, their numbers severely reduced.

Australia now has plantation wood that has already substituted for most of our domestic and export wood needs, and could substitute for the rest. Our forest policies need urgent change, for the sake of future generations as well as our own. Instead both Commonwealth and State governments, at industry's urging, threaten to add another damaging use for native forests - logging and burning native forest biomass for large scale electricity generation and biofuels and advanced plastics.

SERCA co-operates with conservation and indigenous organisations in this and other regions and States in campaigning for new management of Australia's native forests. It is a member of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and the Australian Forests and Climate Alliance.

What we do

SERCA's operational area of interest encompasses the shires of Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and Bombala (plus parts of Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River), and meetings of SERCA are held every two to three months at locations rotated around this area.

SERCA brings environment and community groups together to ensure their voice is heard by government decision-makers. The real environmental and community concerns of residents who live in the region are only being given lip service by local and state government.

SERCA believes that community groups on the coast have attempted to constructively participate in formal environmental processes, but are not succeeding in protecting the coast from damaging development, nor from inappropriate land and forest management practices.

SERCA groups are working, both individually and collectively, to achieve eight major objectives:

Protection and restoration of native ecosystems, regardless of tenure;
Maintaining and improving biodiversity for all native species;
Promotion of ecologically sustainable land management across all land tenures;
Protection of catchment values;
Ending of woodchipping of native forests;
Forging of strong and positive partnerships with indigenous groups;
Protection and restoration of wilderness; and
Promotion of an understanding and an appreciation of nature

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Type of group

Alliance

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity

Regional

Primary location

Narooma, Australia

Known address

PO Box 724, Narooma NSW 2546 AUSTRALIA

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Founding Year

2005

History of group

HISTORY

Conservation, environment and concerned citizens groups on the South Coast formed the South East Region Conservation Alliance Inc.(SERCA) in September 2005. It was incorporated on 2nd June 2008 (INC9889501).

At its meeting on 23 October 2010 the South East Region Conservation Alliance resolved unanimously to support an exit from native forest logging on public lands and the Tasmanian Statement of Principles as a basis for reform of native forestry in NSW

At the same meeting, the South East Region Conservation Alliance resolved unanimously to oppose the use of native forest biomass for electricity generation or any other industrial uses.

SERCA proposes

Public native forests managed for carbon sequestration, and water and biodiversity values
Private native forest owners given incentives to conserve forest areas
Existing plantation supplies used for virtually all australias domestic and export uses. No new plantations are needed
No native forest products for woodchips, electricity generation or biofuel Government policy distortions removed
Genuinely clean, green industries developed in the regions, with new industries, new jobs and job training.

77% of people polled in 2009 want no logging at all in native forests and the Eden chip mill closed. Why do state and federal governments continue to support it when Forestry NSW and Victoria admit to losing millions of dollars supplying pulplogs to the woodchip mills? Australia recognises the importance of foreign forests for climate so why do we continue to subsidise the destruction and degradation of Australian native forests in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW??

Now there are plans to burn native forest wood for electricity under the Renewable Energy Mandate. This power will undercut and displace true renewable power from wind, solar, tidal and geothermal sources.

Because Australia has more than enough existing plantation hard and soft woods to supply virtually all our timber and fibre needs we should end the intensive logging of native forests while supporting the transition to existing plantations leaving native forests to mature and store carbon.

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Southern Forest Watchers Member of the following groups Agent
Stop Arms Fairs in Eurobodalla Member of the following groups Agent
Potoroo Palace Member of the following groups Agent
National Parks Association Far South Coast Branch Member of the following groups Agent
National Forest Embassy Member of the following groups Agent
Gulaga Protection Group Member of the following groups Agent
Great Southern Forest Proposal/Campaign Series
Friends of the Forest (Mogo) Member of the following groups Agent
Friends of the Five Forests Member of the following groups Agent
Bega Environment Network Member of the following groups Agent