It didn’t take long.
No sooner had UNESCO ruled out logging the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area than the Tasmanian Government and sectors of the special timbers industry are already setting themselves up for yet another conflict with consumers, the environment movement and the Tasmanian community.
Tasmanian forest policy especially around so called special timbers just keeps going from the sublime to the ridiculous in a never ending spiral of senseless politics, waste, conflict and stupidity.
We are all being played for fools.
Here’s the press release from the Resources Minister Peter Gutwein (above):
Much of the information in the press release is old news as shown on the Department of State Growth website:
But the rhetoric in the press conference is clearly hostile and inflammatory. With a State election campaign coming up in 2017 forestry is yet again going to be one of the key election issues.
“…I’m not going to point the finger at anyone, but they know who they are…”
“..we will take wood…”
This is now very personal and vindictive, and above all else political.
It’s not about business.
It’s not about profitable tree growing.
It’s about taking wood [a public resource] and giving it to the “deserving” regardless of the cost or consequences.
When will Tasmania get a fully commercial profitable forest industry?
What can I do?
What can Tasmanian farmers do in the face of such relentless reckless commercial-opportunity and market-destroying stupidity?