The Bob Brown Foundation has slammed news that the Tasmanian Government has funded Tasmania's big four native forest sawmills to promote native forest timber in the face of market rejection of this outdated, unethical and unsustainable practice.
"How do you sell the clearfelling and burning of ancient rainforests? Or dynamiting giant eucalypts? Or dying Swift Parrots?", asked BBF campaigner Scott Jordan.
"The native logging share of the market has fallen to a declining 12%, and no amount of spin will change the fact that the market has rejected these outdated practices. Already, every log that enters these sawmills is delivered through huge public subsidies and today's news shows more good money thrown after bad. This government is squandering vital public
funds while families sleep rough and our health system collapses. It is unconscionable," concluded Mr. Jordan.
"People don’t want to build their homes with the logged forests of critically endangered species,” said BBF Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.
“Will Hodgman is pushing Tasmania’s unique wildlife to extinction by continuing to allow and, worse, subsidise the destruction of native forests. Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinctions in the world and is the fourth worst for animal extinctions globally. Will Hodgman is at the helm of entrenching this shameful record of species extinction.
The critically endangered Swift Parrot relies on intact native forests for survival but is losing its habitat rapidly to logging. Their logged nests and feeding habitat are going straight to some of the mills being funded by our Government. It makes me
worry that Premier Hodgman enjoyed the burning of the Swift Parrot statue at Dark Mofo as art frightfully imitated life in Tasmania's forests.”
Our Foundation calls for protection of Tasmania’s native forests in this age of climate emergency and extinction crisis. Tasmania’s government prefers to prop up a logging industry that should have been forced to leave the native forests a long time ago,” said Ms. Weber.
Contact: Adam Burling, [email protected]
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