Legislative Councillors explicitly outlined that they were ignoring a swag of personal messages received in the past week from Tasmanians opposed to new forestry legislation which scuttles promised ‘peace deal’ reserves and also opens hundreds of existing protected areas for logging.
The Premier has also received and ignored over 1500 letters of concern sent to him since Friday over the opening of 1.5 million hectares for logging.
A dire situation for conservation has arisen after amendments of the Legislative Council were adopted that aim to ensure Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is achieved by Forestry Tasmania despite the abandonment of environmental commitments and a new assault on forests.
“The government has gone much further than tearing up the Tasmanian Forest Agreement and has shamefully maintained their intention to open protected reserves of many years’ standing to environmentally destructive logging for specialty timbers, despite an outpouring of community concern,” said Tasmanian Conservation Trust Director Peter McGlone.
“There is no prospect of new reserves under this government and a new determination to undermine existing reserve protection of forests,” he said.
”We are entering a dangerous phase where there is a carefully orchestrated plan to get Forest Stewardship Council certification for Forestry Tasmania despite this wholesale abandonment of environmental commitments,” Markets For Change CEO, Peg Putt.
“Furthermore, it was argued in the Legislative Council that regardless there is always a market in China for wood that can’t meet FSC requirements, even if at a lower price. It was also said that logging dead wood in National Parks such as on the walk into Frenchman’s Cap was a great idea.”
“Anyone who has fought for forest protection in Tasmania over the past 3 decades should be feeling very nervous about where we are now headed. The government and upper house both comprehensively ignored many constituents who were moved to get in touch after we exposed the changed purposes and objectives of 1.1 million hectares of reserves land last week,” said Campaign Manager for the Bob Brown Foundation Jenny Weber.
Jenny Weber: 0427 366 929