Premier Will Hodgman should clear the air on the Victorian timber mill owners' proposal to relocate a former Gunns mill to Burnie, Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
"Reports that Victoria's Andrews government has had its proposal to buy the Heyfield mill turned down and that the owners plan to relocate to Burnie instead more than hint at Tasmanian government involvement. Mr Hodgman should tell Tasmanians what is afoot and how much taxpayers' money is involved," Brown said.
"Reports indicate a plantation-based plant for Burnie but this comes at a time when the Hodgman government is legislating to open 365,000 hectares of previously protected Tasmanian native forest to logging against the wishes of both environmentalists and the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania. Victoria has a larger area of plantations than Tasmania. Premier Hodgman should make it clear that not one stick of native forest will be going to the proposed Burnie mill," Bob Brown said.
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