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Wesley Huber and her fellow Nannas (and Grandads) for Native Forests at their Hills branch inaugural meeting in Mundaring.

Nannas stand up for native forests

By Melissa Sheil

PUT down your knitting needles because the call is out for all tree-loving grandmothers and their kin to join the recently formed Perth Hills branch of environmental protection group Nannas for Native Forests.

Despite the name, being a woman with grandchildren is not a prerequisite for joining, said founding member Wesley Huber.

“We want to bring together like minded people of all sexes and ages to establish the branch,” she said.

“It’s us Nannas leading the charge but all are welcome.

“We are very concerned about the future for our children and grandchildren and know once the forests are gone, they’re gone for good.”

Formed in Margaret River last year to protest logging, the first group of Nannas for Native Forests have made great headway in “becoming a voice for the forests”, joining forces with the WA Forest Alliance to rally, protest and disseminate information on native forest protection.

With the number of nannas swelling to almost 400 and new branches established in Denmark and Bunbury, Ms Huber hopes her new Hill’s branch can be as successful as its southern cousins.

“The original group have done so well,” she said.

“We live in such a beautiful biodiverse area in the Hill’s and we have to protect it.”

Following their ‘Nannafesto’, the group want  logging sourced from plantation timbers and farm forestry rather than native forests.

They also aim to see WA native forest protection laws updated.

Contact Wesley at wesley101@iinet.net.au

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