As was inevitable the Tasmanian Government has now enacted the Tasmanian Special Species Management Plan October 2017.
It is a sad day for Tasmania.
With no transparency, accountability or oversight this Plan is guaranteed to become yet another Tasmanian forest industry disaster.
Why does Tasmania do it?
Tasmania is giving away its ancient rainforests.
Yes and blackwood too. That’s right! Free blackwood timber for the taking.
All you need to do is fill in the form, and grab your chainsaw and truck and help yourself.
4255 submissions were received in the public consultation process of the Plan of which 99.9% were explicitly opposed to rainforest and oldgrowth logging. But the Tasmanian Government holds the community in complete contempt and has enacted the Plan regardless.
It is now inevitable that the forestry wars will resume in earnest, with people calling for a market boycott.
I certainly support the call for a consumer boycott of Tasmanian timbers.
It is now well and truly time to shut down public native forestry in Tasmania. After 35 years of political and community conflict and $billions of dollars of taxpayers money wasted on a moribund industry it is time to stop this once and for all.
With a State election coming up in 2018 it will be interesting to see what position the Tasmanian Labor Party will take on this issue.
No matter what it is going to be yet another ugly bitter election campaign.