The Bob Brown Foundation has serious concern for Tasmania’s native forests and endangered species after hearing the Tasmanian Government’s plan, outlined in state parliament today, to continue subsidies for Forestry Tasmania, entrench native forest logging and ditch a rapid transition to plantations.
“Propping up Forestry Tasmania and entrenching the logging of native forests at an ongoing cost to the Tasmanian taxpayer, is to the detriment of the environment, the unique wildlife that depend on these native forests and the Tasmanian people. Despite a review of Forestry Tasmania finding the GBE has been losing public money over many years, the Liberal Government is following a 'business as usual’ model, continuing the environmental and economic crimes that have cost the Tasmanian public dearly,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.
“Additionally, Minister Paul Harriss' vision to look to the private sector to lead the logging industry into the future is an appalling approach when Ta Ann, the largest logging company in Tasmania is one of Sarawak’s worst logging companies. Ta Ann has received millions of dollars of taxpayer funds and managed to lose millions of dollars in Tasmania. Ta Ann is not by any measure the answer to the desperate problems in Tasmania’s mendicant logging industry,” Jenny Weber said.
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