Rian Robins; 3/3/10
The decision of the former premier Nathan Rees to immediately end logging of the Riverina redgums has been reversed by the state government. It has opted for a five-year wind-down of logging, coupled with the establishment of national and regional parks that cover much of the contested area. But getting the necessary legislation through Parliament is expected to be difficult, with the Coalition, Shooters and Greens parties all indicating opposition. The state government said it would protect 107,000 hectares of Riverina redgums and set up an $80 million support package with logging to be wound down over the next five years.