The burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on 15/4/2019 provides the perfect metaphor for the continuing destruction of Tasmania’s natural heritage.
The world was horrified that the 800 year old World Heritage Listed cathedral was on fire. How could humanity lose such a treasure?
But here in Tasmania 800+ year old heritage is destroyed every single day!
Here in Tasmania 800+ year old trees are cut down every day, at taxpayer expense, to provide a lowly subsistence for the rent seekers in the Tasmanian special timbers industry; sawmillers, furniture makers, luthiers, craftsmen, shop keepers, etc..
Trees such as Celery Top Pine (Phyllocladus aspleniifolius) and Myrtle (Nothofagus cunninghamii) live within Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforest and can live for 800-1000 years, germinating long before Bishop Maurice de Sully commenced the construction of Notre Dame in 1160.
Some of these trees are even in designated Conservation Reserves that were specifically established to protect these very same ancient trees and forests.
Such is the perverse corrupt nature of public native forestry and politics in the island State of Tasmania.
The public response to the damage at Notre Dame has been nothing but extraordinary. €100s millions have been pledged by individuals to rebuild Notre Dame and restore this international treasure.
Meanwhile in Tasmania these 800+ year old trees are destroyed with no process transparency, no FSC certification, at considerable public expense and no thought for the heritage that is being destroyed.
These people are the Notre Dame arsonists of Tasmania:
and many, many more. They number in the thousands in Tasmania!