Protester arrested at Whian Whian logging site

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A PROTESTER who was sitting on top of a man-made teepee on a logging road at Whian Whian was arrested with the help of an excavator.

For the past two weeks protesters have been taking action near a private property at Whian Whian being logged by a contractor for the NSW Forestry Corporation.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Nicole Bruce said the 29-year-old man climbed on top of the teepee early yesterday morning before police and the loggers arrived.

"He put himself up on top of the teepee and refused to come down," she said.

"After several directions from police to get down, lengthy negotiations were undertaken and police rescue were called in."

Insp Bruce said rugged terrain limited police options to get the man down.

"Police had to use an excavator to get him down but when he saw the excavator he jumped."

The man was arrested and charged with remaining on enclosed lands.

Insp Bruce said the man was given conditional bail to appear in Lismore Local Court on November 4.

Topics:  police protests

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