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Karri Forest III - Protest and Conflict (Archive)

 Karri Forest III - Protest and Conflict 


As I have stated elsewhere, I moved to the forest for quiet work, then the forest protests happened.  I never intended to become the photographer documenting forest defence, it happened around me.  I saw that it was crucial to record the struggle to defend the southern forests from unsustainable logging for wood chips and interstate companies.  Given that only 15% of felled karri is used for sawn timber, with 85% going for wood chips, and as small local mills only use a small proportion of the 15% I believe these small local mills could have used the karri and jarrah forest sustainably and in perpetuity.

The forest protests of that time failed to stop the logging of what were already only remnants of ancient south west forest.  Despite widespread public support for these remnants to be saved, and the 2001state election being partly fought over this issue, the new WA Gallop Labor Government’s lies and chicanery ensured that logging continued then and subsequent Western Australian governments have ensured it continues.

This documentation is unique.  I live in the forest and was able to photograph the major campaigns throughout the forest protest period.  The images document Western Australian activists and protestors fighting against ancient forest logging from 1994 to 2003 and a visit to Challar State Forest in 2013.

A book derived from the 1990s work is now in preparation, but my photography of forest issues is over.

John Austin Quinninup 2021

  • Karri Forest III - Protest and Conflict (Archive)
Forest protest, Penny's Dragon III, Wattle SF, Australia, 1998 - © John Austin Penny's Dragon V, Wattle State Forest, Australian forest protest, 1998 - © John Austin Immature Quokka, Setonys bracyurus, CALM Science, Manjimup, Australian forest protest,  - © John Austin Spider, Boorara SF, Australian forest protest,  - © John Austin Patrick Weir, Northcliffe SF, Australian forest protest, 2013 - © John Austin Forest Protest Camp Lane Forest Northcliffe 1998 - © John Austin Forest Protest Bunnings Action 1999 - © John Austin Forest Protest Jack Davis Noongar Writer Lane Forest Northcliffe 1998 - © John Austin
Forest Protest Noriko's Banner Wattle Forest 1998 - © John Austin Forest Protest Pennys Dragon Wattle Forest 1998 - © John Austin Forest Protest Pennys Dragon Wattle Forest 1998 - © John Austin Forest Protest Pennys Dragon Wattle Forest 1998 - © John Austin Forest Protest Shambhala Warriers Wattle Forest 1998 - © John Austin Forest Protest Umbrellas Rally Perth 1998 - © John Austin Forest Protest Pentapod Wattle Forest 1998 - © John Austin Forest Protest Vigil Lane Forest 1998 - © John Austin
Forest Protest Forest-Watch Banner Lane Forest Northcliffe 1998 - © John Austin Forest Rally Swarbrick Forest, Walpole 1999 - © John Austin Forest Protest Wompie Dragon-wattle-forest.jbaphoto19981105C05.jpg - © John Austin Forestry Operation Swarbrick Forest 1999 - © John Austin Log Truck South West Highway 1998 - © John Austin Forest Protest Camp and Kitchen 1999 - © John Austin Geoff Gallop, Future WA Premier with Jodie, Sunday Times 1999 - © John Austin Debbie and Tim, Gardner State Forest Burnt out Dragon 1999 - © John Austin
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