When the Liberal Party won the 2014 Tasmanian State election and scrapped the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT), which basically represents the Crown sawmillers and which has dictated forest policy in Tasmania for generations, was left bloodied, bruised and depleted.
For the last 4 years the FIAT website has not been updated at all, reflecting the disintegrating condition of public native forestry in Tasmania.
And now I go to their website and find this!
The FIAT website used to have all sorts of forestry propaganda.
Now the FIAT website is reduced to a single16 word sentence!!
Clearly public native forestry in Tasmania is at crisis point!
FIAT might think they are “committed” but history clearly shows nothing but decades of forest industry conflict and wreckage.
As I have been saying for many years the only basis for a successful forest industry is profitable private tree growers and no one in the industry in Tasmania (including FIAT) has any interest in such a future.
This sad pathetic plea from FIAT feels very much like a last desperate gasp.
I have been a professional forester in Tasmania for the past 40 years. For it to come to this is very sad indeed, but so utterly predictable…