The Tasmanian Government has released a statement outlining its response to the forest industry Strategic Growth Plan, which I previously reviewed:
The Response keeps the focus of forest policy firmly on a public forest resource and a failed, self-declared bankrupt public forest manager.
Any transition to profitable private tree growers is completely out of the question.
Absolutely nothing has changed!
The bulk of the Response is about what the long suffering Tasmanian taxpayer will continue to do for the forest industry.
The continuing wanton waste of taxpayer’s money on the forest industry is beyond belief! The forest industry has access to the Treasury piggy bank like no other industry in Tasmania!
It now appears certain that the Tasmanian taxpayer will take over responsibility for funding the construction and maintenance of all thousands of kilometres of forestry roads on public land. This is a direct contravention of competitive neutrality.
Remember there are private forest growers who receive none of these taxpayer benefits.
Finally on to special timbers discussed on page 4 of the Response.
As part of the continuing forest industry gravy train, the Tasmanian taxpayer is throwing money at a propaganda initiative to tell us about the benefits of continuing to plunder the last of Tasmania’s oldgrowth and rainforests for the benefit of a handful of venerable craftspeople.
Tasmanian Special Timber Woodcraft Sector Community, Market Awareness and Engagement Program Funding
Funding of $115 000 has been provided to the Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance for the development and implementation of a Tasmanian Special Timber Woodcraft Sector Community, Market Awareness and Engagement Program. This program will support the implementation of the Special Species Management Plan.
It is all so sad, pathetic and predictable.
Forestry in Tasmania continues to be nothing but waste, politics, and conflict.
Many Tasmanians seem more than happy with this outcome.
As a forester I find the situation incomprehensible.
40 years of this nonsense and it just goes on and on….
When will Tasmania get a fully commercial profitable forest industry?
Not in the foreseeable future that is for certain!