WA FOREST ALLIANCE
WHO ARE WE
The WA Forest Alliance is WA's peak forest conservation body. We were formed in 1990 to provide an umbrella body for the many community organisations in Perth and throughout the south-west concerned with forest conservation. We are dedicated to the protection of WA’s native forests and woodlands.
The WA Forest Alliance works for the protection of WA’s south-west forests and wildlife and an end to the logging, thinning and clearing of our public forests and woodlands.
It is time for WA’s karri and jarrah forests to be protected and for the timber industry to complete the transition into sustainably managed plantations and farm forestry. A timber industry restructured in this way will be in the best environmental, social and economic interests of the State.
Many thousands of people have shown their support for the protection of WA’s south-west forests and wildlife by taking action. Together we will leave a positive legacy for future generations.
The WA Forest Alliance has 20 member groups, many from the south-west, that work together for the protection of WA’s south-west forests and wildlife.
Jess Beckerling - convener and campaign director
Jess has lived in the forests on the south coast for the past 13 years. She first became involved in forest conservation in 1997 when she joined the Giblett forest blockade near Pemberton. Jess lived in forest blockade camps for 3 years, winning the State Government's Youth Leadership Award in recognition of her commitment to the maintenance of nonviolence in the camps. As well as forest conservation Jess has played an important role in local conservation issues around Denmark and Walpole. She has been the convener of WAFA since 2011 and was awarded the Conservation Council's Bessie Rischbieth award in 2015 for her commitment over many years to the protection of the environment.
Dr Beth Schultz AO - committee member.
Beth has been campaigning for forest conservation in WA since 1975 when she helped found the South-West Forests Defence Foundation. She played a key role in the protection of the Shannon National Park in the 1980s. She was also central to the WA Forest Alliance during the 1990s in the height of the campaign for the protection of the old growth forests. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for this work. In 2014 she was awarded the Conservation Council's Bessie Rischbieth award for her commitment over many years to the protection of the environment.
Peter Lane – committee member
Peter’s first foray into saving our forests was in 1996 when he led the campaign to save Bramley Forest, the forest that surrounds much of the town of Margaret River. In 2001 he ran for the Greens WA, the focus of this election being to save our old growth forests. Having had a background in financial analysis and valuing natural resources, since the formation of the FPC in 2000 Peter's prime task has been the analysis of the corporation’s financial performance. Peter is a Councillor on the Augusta Margaret River Shire.
Alison Cassanet – Committee Member
Alison attended the Down to Earth Confests in Cambray and Nanga in the 1970s where forest issues around woodchipping were highlighted. Following a move to Nannup in 1982 to pursue a more sustainable lifestyle as part of a community, she became aware of the overcutting of the surrounding native forests . She joined WAFA in the 1990s and contributed to the campaign to stop the logging of old growth forests in the lead up to the 2001 election. Helms, Easter, Darradup, and Hilliger forests were where memorable efforts were made in the Blackwood area. Helms is still being fought for today. Alison moved to Busselton in 2001 and joined the Busselton Dunsborough Environment Centre. She has been the Convenor of the Centre for over 10 years.
Richard Wittenoom - Committee member
Richard is an engineer based in Bridgetown. He is the President of the Bridgetown Greenbushes Friends of the Forest.
Giz Watson - Secretary
Giz Watson joined the Campaign to Save Native Forests in the late 70s when she became aware of the destruction of the northern jarrah forest for bauxite extraction and the planned massive expansion of this mining. She was part of the direct action campaign that occupied the construction site of the Wagerup alumina refinery near Waroona. She has continued to campaign to the end of logging, degradation and clearing of WA’s native forests; particularly as a Greens MP in the WA Parliament and in training and in supporting activists in nonviolent actions.
Mary Barnes - Treasurer
Mary lives in Fremantle and has been WAFA's treasurer for the past 3 years.