Mr Hodgman was confident of changing the [UNESCO] delegation’s mind.
“We’ve every confidence that the delegation are open to understanding what we do in Tasmania and accepting, we believe, that an appropriate balance is in place,” he said.
“Any harvesting would be subject to considerable controls and environmental protection, including at a national level.”
But if unsuccessful, the Premier said logging would be banned.
The UNESCO delegation is in town to find out “what we do in Tasmania”.
“what we do in Tasmania”…???
What we do in Tasmania is make stupid forest policy and then stuff things up, again and again!
What is perfectly obvious from the last 35 years is that politically-driven forest policy in Tasmania has been a disaster for both the forest industry and the Tasmanian community.
The “appropriate balance” in place is nothing more than wedging the community and winning elections.
It has nothing to do with good profitable sustainable forest management.
And as for “considerable controls and environmental protection” haven’t these been in place for decades but still the special timbers industry is in crisis?
It’s not about the controls and protection is it? The dominant issue continues to be the politics and conflict.
Our forest industry will never be profitable and sustainable because logging public native forests is just too political. There is no resolution to this problem except stopping the logging of public native forest. That is the fundamental lesson of the last 35 years.
One thing is absolutely 100% guaranteed. Any logging of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area would be an ongoing battleground that would further damage the Tasmanian community and our political system for decades to come. Not to mention the incredible waste of money and time it would entail.
Both of the major political parties DO NOT support the special timbers industry because they DO NOT support profitable tree growers.
Without profitable tree growers the special timbers industry has no future at all.
Tasmanian politics really does beggar belief!
When will Tasmania get a fully commercial profitable forest industry?