Gloucester residents were among the more than 50 people who came together on Sunday, May 6 at the Manning Uniting Church centre in Taree to watch a screening of the documentary, ‘Cultivating Murder’.
Greens NSW MP and environment spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC attended as part of a ‘question and answer’ session.
Cultivating Murder is the story of the 2014 murder of Glen Turner, an officer with the Office of Environment and Heritage, by Moree farmer Ian Turnbull, as well as the gutting of the NSW Native Vegetation Act, the very laws that Mr Turner was upholding when he was murdered.
It is a story about global warming, land clearing and murder.
Mr Turner’s partner, sister and parents also attended the screening, which was organised by the Great Lakes Greens.
“It’s great to see so many locals come out, deeply concerned about what this Liberal/National Government is doing our environment,” Dr Faruqi said. “This is a documentary that must be seen across NSW and Australia.
“These land clearing laws are devastating the environment, leading to a loss of biodiversity across the state, causing more carbon pollution and climate change.
“We screened the movie on the same day that the NSW Government announced a new koala strategy. While I support any funding that improves koala habitat and protection, the reality is that these land clearing laws greenlight the destruction of literally 99 per cent of koala habitat.
“The Greens are committed to tearing up these laws and replacing them with serious protections for our environment and our native species.