Election Wishlist

Hodgman White

Another day, another list of new election promises in the media.

It’s very tedious!!

With another State election a few weeks away I thought I’d throw some thoughts together for a Forestry Election Wishlist.

The 2014 Tasmanian State election is still vivid in my memory as one of the most toxic and divisive forestry elections in recent history (and we have had 35 years of them!). The last 4 years have been some of the most damaging and divisive in the history of the Tasmanian forest industry.

Wishlist:-

  1. Tasmania to have a fully commercial profitable forest industry like New Zealand, based on thousands of profitable private tree growers. We need Government policy and action to make this happen;
  2. The evidence is overwhelming! Public native forestry is a disaster commercially, socially and environmentally. It needs to be shut down.
  3. In term of regulations, forest plantations are just like other primary industries. Do we have an Onion Practices Authority, or a Diary Practices Authority? Do we have Apple Practices Plans or Chicken Practices Plans? No we do not! Forest plantations should not be excessively burdened by regulation.
  4. Private Forests Tasmania should be the dominant government forest agency. It needs to be in partnership with the TFGA to develop a vision for the future of the forest industry based on profitable private tree growers.
  5. I could go on but I’d start to feel like a politician on the campaign trail.

None of the political parties are showing any interest in resolving Tasmania’s forestry crisis so this wishlist is just “pie in the sky”.

For further wishes read my previous wishlist here:

https://blackwoodgrowers.com.au/2016/12/05/wish-list-revisited/

When will Tasmania get a real forest industry?

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2 responses to “Election Wishlist

  1. Gordon, to suggest that plantation forestry should not have to be subject regulation (forest practices code) is crazy. So what if there isn’t an onion growing code, ag production is increasingly coming under regulation, has been for some time and such regulation is only going to increase. Perhaps the forest industry is a step ahead. With no regulation as you are suggesting, who montors forest operations near waterways or implements protection for threatened species. Have you ever done an FPP or managed a harvest operation? Perhaps if you had you may have some appreciation for the ststem in place and how it works!

    • Hi Stu,
      I don’t remember saying “no regulation”.

      My point is that it should be treated the same as other primary industies, just as it is in New Zealand.

      It’s called a “level playing field”.

      Forest Practices add significant cost and bureaucracy onto a primary industry that struggles at the best of times.

      I agree with you that, like New Zealand, we should have better and more consistent regulation of all farming activity.

      Gordon

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