Well, that is a bit of an over-statement...but The Cook and I were threatened with arrest. The Cook has a job at a local magazine and we were sleuthing out a story about logging in the Toolangi Forest and a protest about same.
The protestors, The Central Highlands Action Group, had a camp
and welcomed us warmly. Past their camp was gate across the road
and a man in a ute.
Although he said that he would rather we didn't, we walked past the gate and up the road.
This was not illegal until we got to this sign:
That's when he drove up and warned us that if we went any further,
her would call it in and have us arrested!
We didn't push the point.
The protesters had halted logging for over a day by locking themselves to machinery and with two tree-sits. But as you can tell by these pictures, the loggers were back at work yesterday.
The concern for this particular piece of forest is that it is, as the protesters told us, 'the green hole in the black donut'. It was ringed by fire but not burned in the Black Saturday fires three years ago.
As such, it became a sanctuary for fleeing wildlife and has supported it ever since as the forest around has begun to regenerate.
I may not be taking up the activist's offer to teach me how to climb trees, but I may take them a cake next week.