North East Forest Alliance - NEFA

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) is a volunteer forest conservation group established in 1989 with the aims of protecting rainforest, oldgrowth forest, wilderness and threatened species. We have used all methods at our disposal to achieve these goals, including public education, lobbying, negotiation and non-violent direct action. While we have made significant gains towards these goals, we are not there yet. We still need your help.

We recognise that climate change is the biggest threat to our forests, their inhabitants and our lifestyles. We consider that enhancing the uptake and storage of carbon in forests is urgently required. Given that our attempts to achieve ecologically sustainable forest management have been an abject failure we are now seeking an end to logging of native forests on public land.


NEFA considers burning native forests for electricity to be the most significant threat to the future of Australia's forests, and their essential role in mitigating climate change. Rather than increasing logging intensity and carbon emissions, our future depends on protecting forests to take up and store more of our carbon emissions, while also attracting rainfall, lowering temperatures, enhancing streamflows, and providing homes for our diminishing wildlife.

The intent of the NSW Government is to produce 1 million tonnes per annum (140 truckloads a day) of wood pellets from north-east NSW's forests to burn for electricity, either in Australia or overseas. To facilitate this they have increased logging intensity, introduced clearfelling, reduced stream buffers, allowed logging of oldgrowth, and reduced protections for threatened species.


When we told Jack Thompson about plans to burn our forests for electricity,

this is what he had to say.


We have a chance to stop it now if you help.

There is a chance the Federal ALP and some sympathetic Independents will be elected, so we need to encourage both candidates and their party to make the above commitments. The Greens have already made these commitments. Please contact the following (particularly if you are in their electorates), or your local ALP candidate, or Independent, and ask them to make public commitments:

Justine Elliot (ALP), Richmond sitting member: Phone; (07) 5523 4371 Email;, Twitter; Facebook:

Patrick Deegan (ALP), Page candidate: Phone; 0409 325 699 Email;, Facebook;

Andrew Woodward (ALP), Cowper candidate, Phone; 0401 041 929 Email; Twitter; Facebook:

Rob Oakeshott (Ind), Cowper candidate, Through website: Twitter Facebook:

Please note that most of these candidates are likely to express support, so be nice, what we need most are unequivocal commitments from the ALP itself.

If you want to know more read the background below and bring your friends to our free public showings of the film Burned in May. See our Facebook page for event details but here's the current schedule.


BURNED- Are Trees the New Coal? North Coast Roadshow

May 1- Bellingen Memorial Hall from 6pm, food available
May 2- Coffs Harbour, Norm Jordan Pavilion at Coffs Harbour Showground , Pacific Highway, 6pm
May 4- Nimbin. Screenings at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at the Birth and Beyond Room, 54 Cullen St, close to the pedestrian crossing. Tea and coffee will be available during screenings.
May 5- Nimbin, Birth and Beyond. Screenings at 11am and 1pm as above.
May 7- Mullumbimby, The Mullumbimby Commons, 91/74 Main Arm Rd, 6pm
May 9- Byron Bay, Pighouse, 1 Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay 6pm.
May 10- Lismore Gallery Events Space. Rural St/Keen St, Lismore at 6.30pm, food & drink available Slate Café from 6pm.



Jack Thompson Joins NEFA in Speaking for the Trees!


The latest in our #WhoSpeaks4TheTrees series with screen legend Jack Thompson. We need #Forests to help save the #climate. It's time to #StandUp4Forests NOW!  Up on our Facebook page and on our YouTube channel.  Thank you Jack Thompson for speaking out for our forests.


This year, 2019, we have an opportunity to throw out the coal-loving, forest destroying government in Canberra- but will any new Government have different policies?

NEFA will be campaigning on our key messages:

Letting forests grow old is a key measure to lessen the damage of climate change. The logging and clearing has to stop!

Forest wildlife, especially our koalas, are under severe stress, we have to stop the logging of their forest homes.

Burning forest logs in wood-fired power stations to generate electricity is stupid for so many reasons, it generates more emissions than burning coal and makes climate change worse and damages our precious forests.

If you want to help us, please make a donation

All our work is done by volunteers, so you get maximum bang for your buck!




StandUp4Forests NOW!


We are gravely concerned that Koala populations on the north coast have crashed by 50% over the past 20 years, and that the increase in land clearing and reduction in logging rules will likely see them made extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.


Githabul - Return of Country

In August 2018 representatives of the Githabul and NSW conservation groups signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to get the care and management of their State Forests back into Githabul hands, and undertake rehabilitation of extensive logging dieback areas.  Follow the Githabul - Return of Country campaingn.


Old Growth and Rainforest

As part of their new Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA) the NSW Government is proposing to subject mapped oldgrowth forest and rainforest protected for the past 20 years to a review process that is intended to make over 100,000ha of oldgrowth forests and rainforests on State Forests available for logging. We must stand up for these irreplaceable forests.  Go to our Oldgrowth and Rainforest page.



Check out our short film about what is happening in the forests of northern NSW

Authorised by Daniel Peterson for the North East Forest Alliance (ABN 20 435 590 224)
at 115 Molesworth Street, Lismore, 2480