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  1. The proponent hasn’t ruled out using native forest for its wood chip pile!

    Gunns of the 21st century!

    Posted by Ted Mead  on  06/07/18  at  07:49 AM
  2. An email within the correspondence sent to STT from a redacted email address said: “we need a new road with a new name, it can be metres from the existing road if need be … “

    Oh, will Wee Willy Want a new Woad with no precedent set, and instead do what has been done in the past, namely construct a road and charge it to any other department other than the destructors’ regime?

    Wee Willy says there should be no political opposition to this obnoxious proposal. Doubtless he has not read the High Court decision won by Bob Brown.

    Posted by Chris  on  06/07/18  at  09:18 AM
  3. The southern plantations are a roller coaster of disaster. Why were they ever planted?

    Wood chips are are at best a low value product, and a money losing scheme when long transport costs are factored in. The whole plantation dream has been a debacle from go to woe, and it has cost millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money that could have been better spent.

    What’s next, new roads, new trucks, new port and more subsidies? Will this new get rich scheme fulfil Forestry’s dreams of existence .. or just be another burden for the state or enhance our tourist industry?

    It would be interesting if we could ever find out how many billions of dollars have been lost by Gunns, truck drivers, investors, land owners and Forestry, and it appears as if this money losing nightmare is continuing.

    Posted by max  on  06/07/18  at  10:19 AM
  4. Regardless, the State government needs to sharpen up its act to get the ball rolling. Reliance Forest Fibre has just invested $60.9 M in 29,000 ha of unpruned HWP from STT and will soon need to get a return from its investment from the standing chipping quality stands!

    I would say there is no time for kindergarten games with this deal. It’s an enormous investment to utilise the otherwise unwanted nitens HWP throughout the South and SE of the State to be initially chipped at NSP South Wood before being exported from the proposed Dover facility by bulk carrier. Bob Brown and his supporters will find themselves snookered overall!

    In the mean time Hodgman needs to find a snappy answer to the salmon industry implications too, as I suspect that the salmon industry effluent is already having far more environmental impact on the local waterways than woodchip bulk carriers would!

    Increased diversity of our economy is far more important than the Greenie games of locking us into their loopy nonsense.

    Heavy metallurgical and mining industry, manufacturing including world class INCAT ferries, cultural artists’ expression experiences / Mona, forestry, and of course appreciation of unique Tasmanian scenery combined with outdoors appreciation, historical towns and local foods are all a part of the Tasmanian way of life.

    Posted by Robin Charles Halton  on  06/07/18  at  10:32 AM
  5. Read the link above to the ABC News site above ..

    Our Libs have an addiction to woodchip corruption not dissimilar to that of the Catholic Church to paedophilia, only magnified a few thousand times.

    John Hayward

    Posted by john hayward  on  06/07/18  at  10:59 AM
  6. Thank-you Matt Newton. Ted, you’re not at all wrong by referring to the Neville Smith Proposal af a slick new Gunns.
    Only this time there ain’t no blowhard Paul Lennon to get all the opposition steam-rolled beneath its crushing roller. While something is way out of context in the blather of Guy Barnett, he speaks as though STT were a business trading on its own merits.
    This is untrue, as he is 1 half of the stakeholders in STT, the other is this State’s dubious Teasurer as the other stakeholder.
    As to the basis of this State government logging GBE we see these 2 not necessarily trusted stakeholders attempting to pull the same stunt as did Forestry Tasmania, in that they were their own stand-alone corporate operation. (Yet not answerable to ASIC the corporate regulator.)
    Nothing could be further from the truth about STT as the State GBE “in its former guise of Forestry Tasmania”  with nothing at all different in the dynamics of “who is who, back then and now” as STT now rely 100% on the State government to agree and approve of every action, their funding needs, then whatever else is sought by the 2 not-to-be-trusted stakeholders ministers.
    As for Adriana Taylor being referred to as a single administrator of the former Huon Valley Council, (since every Councillor had been sacked) when behind the scenes there is a hugely compliant Adriana Taylor working as a very active component of this State’s non-citizen representative Liberal government.
    Adriana Taylor had sat in on a special State GBE meeting in which had the former Attorney General (the late Vanessa Goodwin) in attendance, while the purpose of that meeting was to discuss the then working model of the State GBE, Tasmania’s Public Trustees, also among the persons in attendance was the legal officer of Tasmania’s Public Trustees, Tim Levis.
    The objective of this meeting was to discuss a more attractive model or to do a complete makeover of this “pretend facility” for Tasmania’s people, (think here, ruthless GBE) was to look into the downturn of clients marching in through the main door seeking some assistance.
    Now back to the subject matter of the bloated underbelly of this State government and its purpose, then back to STT and their liaison with Neville Smith, then how the 2 STT stakeholders would string everything together to overcome every obstacle in the fight for Neville Smith to get his wood-chip facility up and running.
    to be continued/

    Posted by William Boeder  on  06/07/18  at  11:14 AM
  7. continued/ You’ve read it here folks, there is a group of colluding State government ministers focused on getting the new parasite wood-chip facility in Dover up and soon destroying even more Crown Land forest turning this valuable resource into profits for Neville Smith per the native forests being turned into bastard wood-chips. 
    800,000 tonnes per annum is a heck of a lot of Crown Land forest, once the plantations were all harvested. (or even sooner.)
    Maybe now we can understand why there was such sinister goings-on in the Huon Valley Council when this had been the cause behind the sacking event, as may have been that earlier action to have Neville Smith’s wood-chipping facility up and running without any possible Huon Valley council objection.

    I do believe that the now clearly identified to be a conspiring State government, has a duty to the Tasmanian citizens, if that is not being delivered then we have no need for a treacherous criminal-like State government Liberal party. A call for a vote of no confidence may be the way to go.
    A letter to the State Governor will soon be on its way. Followed by a copy letter to the office of Shadow General Attorney Mark Dreyfuss in Canberra.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  06/07/18  at  11:17 AM
  8. So the plot thickens, as with all things forestry ...“dirty deals done dirt cheap”

    Posted by Teresa Maddox  on  06/07/18  at  11:48 AM
  9. To raise their credibility, Team Hodgman must be considering a high-profile head for STT.  The newly jobless Scott Pruitt is the obvious choice.

    John Hayward

    Posted by john hayward  on  06/07/18  at  02:06 PM
  10. #5 ... Robin, Increased diversity of our economy is far more important than the Greenie games of locking us into their loopy nonsense.

    Well Robin, let’s look at some of this loopy nonsense. $90 M to establish the world’s most expensive plantation in the world with no close shipping or chipping versatilities, and there had to be maintenance costs. And then to sell this total white elephant for $60.7 M with a 99 year lease on 29,000 hectares with no guarantees is beyond belief. There must have been some agreement not mentioned in the sale to versatile roads and shipping or why would they foolishly spend so much money?

    Forestry, mainly woodchipping, has been a far cry from an increased diversity of our economy. It has been what could only be described as a total disaster. To call Forestry sustainable with a name change must be a sick joke.

    Posted by max  on  06/07/18  at  02:18 PM
  11. It’s times like this, so omnipresent in Tasmania, that make one long for an ICAC.

    John Hayward

    Posted by john hayward  on  06/07/18  at  03:21 PM
  12. #9, #10 and #11 ... In my opinion, the culpability and the alleged dishonest and traitor-like revelation of facts will be difficult to defend, no amount of ministerial denial will sweep this matter below the carpet.

    Just to add to the alleged claims relative to dirty deeds portfolio shared by all the State’s ministers “though more-so the prominent villainy of one particular minister Guy (the Zombie smiler) Barnett “he often spending time in harness with Treasurer and planning minister Peter Gutwein” is the connection of major events that began with the sacking of the Huon Valley Council, despite the nominated fractious conducts of the rebellious hot-heads, also sacked and had become the foremost reasoning for this arm of Local government to be removed from office. (Read here an action of Peter Gutwein also the minister for local government, whew’ so many different portfolio hats.)

    Some may claim that the revelations and the alleged placement into the public arena are hearsay nonsense and libellous in their content, not so when one strings a number of deeply discordant events together that will counter “the nonsense and the libellous claims” should this become an action or form of defence.

    Whatever the campaign or action that may be initiated by the underbelly Exclusives lurking in the shadows “yet ever so close to the helm of the good ship Tasmania” one must consider the overall period of “the necessary time required to draft up the magnitude of all the schematics” for the wood-chip proponents to finally launch their nefarious Dover plot into the mainstream media.

    Forget about the inane squark of more jobs for Tasmanians, as this jobs factor means Jack Schitt to the Exclusives including the Tas Inc individuals involved.

    In case memories have faded, right at the very beginning of this mega-plot was the difficulty of bypassing the staunch and stoic principles held by former Mayor Peter Coad and his loyal group of fidelity-bound fellow councillors.

    One must factor in the changes to Tasmania’s planning laws:  https://architectureau.com/articles/Major-revamp-of-Tasmanian-planning-edges-closer-to-approval/

    This in itself was a necessary prelude to any major business development planned by the state’s Exclusives and the state’s 2 STT stakeholder ministers. So as #9 Teresa has implied, the plot doth thicken when all things forestry of dirty deals notoriously done on the cheap.

    This plot has not been an easy undertaking given the broad parameters necessary that had to be shaped to enable an almost guaranteed passage for this dirty deal to achieve its fruition.

    I would like to read comments that may suggest the likelihood of criminal-like undertakings.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  06/07/18  at  04:53 PM
  13. #5 ... “Reliance Forest Fibre has just invested $60.9 M in 29,000 ha of unpruned HWP from STT”

    We need to remember Robin, that RFF purchased the 29,000 ha at fire sale rates. STT was happy with whatever it received from private enterprise, as it temporarily put their books into the black and we saw Guy Barnett with the biggest possible smile.

    When RFF made this “investment” (as you call it) Triabunna was already closed. The purchaser knew at the time they would need to transport the feeder logs to Burnie. And as you will recall, our Liberal government put in place a road subsidy to “assist” the transport because Triabunna was closed, a five year subsidy deal that is about to end.

    Reliance Forest Fibre and Smartfibre are ONLY interested in making more profit. James Neville-Smith entered the public arena in December 2017 telling us he was “walking on water” with a proposal for Dover that would save Southern Tasmania. Jobs, jobs and jobs. His main man at the time, Danny Peet, spoke of this being a generational project for the next 50 years or more.

    The reality is that both of these companies, with overseas connections and accounts in the Cayman Islands, will save $50 per tonne by exporting out of a port in Dover, as against trucking the logs up to their existing chipping mill in Burnie.

    Is Southern Tasmania worth trashing for the sake of even more profits for multi-millionaires?

    Do we really want a log truck every 5 minutes of every day of the week carting feeder logs from all over Southern Tasmania, Derwent West and Derwent East on our residential roads on route to the Southwood Mill in Lonnavale?

    This is not a good solution for Tasmania.

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  06/07/18  at  05:07 PM
  14. What is it with the woodchip obsession in Tasmania?

    This is shaping up to be yet another long-term zombie nature destruction project, fully propped up by the taxpayer of course.

    Who would want to invest $42 million on such a low rate commodity product .. unless they were promised a long-term supply of native forests far into the future for nothing, which is probably inclusive of free infrastructure and utilities, and transport subsidies to boot.

    Not content to heavily subsidise residues transport from the south to the north, the Tas government has probably promised a similar transport subsidy from the north to the south.

    This is blinkered madness.

    Fools’ paradise on a stick!

    Posted by Ted Mead  on  06/07/18  at  05:25 PM
  15. The trees in the forest and the fish in the sea are public assets that cost nothing and therefore have no known price.

    They are available through our ever obliging pollies who can grant a political licence to reap without sowing .. provided you oil the wheels of their stately progress.

    Ta Ann, Gunns ...

    I smell another swindle over the horizon as the STT asset has already been gifted at ‘mates rates’ to an offshore entity.

    The new game is to ship without subsidy, a subsidy that has paid for all the previously scrapped and paid out log trucks to be put back on the roads.

    Barnett and Gutwein will be only toooo[ happy to oblige.

    Once the plantations have gone then yippee into the free asset ..  the main game being the people’s native forests.

    Please do not forget us when the next election needs to be bought, for only your money will keep this gravy train on the rails!

    Only in your corrupt Tasmania.

    Posted by John Hawkins  on  06/07/18  at  06:16 PM
  16. At 8:05 pm Friday I night had a call from Bevan at EMRS doing a survey for “Dept of State Growth” ..all about forestry and attitudes towards various aspects of it. I had fun, and Bevan had an excellent sense of humour. Emrs should hang onto him as he makes phone surveys enjoyable.

    It occurred to me that this sort of in depth research would be very helpful in spinning any Liberal messaging in the current by-election campaign, but our state government would never be that sneaky about spending our money .. would they?

    Posted by Simon Warriner  on  06/07/18  at  08:31 PM
  17. #8 ... “A letter to the State Governor will soon be on its way. Followed by a copy letter to the office of Shadow General Attorney, Mark Dreyfuss in Canberra.”

    Please publish on TT, and also any replies you may receive.

    Posted by TGC  on  06/07/18  at  08:38 PM
  18. #18 ... I am afraid I cannot work you out, Trevor.

    Far too cryptic. This is really serious stuff. Are you for or against the idea of chipping all this plantation timber? Then when that runs out, chipping our native forests ... ?

    Please don’t bore us, or tease us with wasted words. What is the gist of your letter to the high office?

    Time to listen to your adversary, Ted Mead, for a change.

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  06/07/18  at  10:15 PM
  19. All those bloody floating rings sure are visually offensive, and simply ruin an otherwise picture postcard view.

    Give me a bulk carrier, ship loader and a conveyor any day.

    Posted by MjF  on  07/07/18  at  01:34 AM
  20. and now that the tree planters have made no money
    what will happen after chipping

    will the land be cleared and replanted and if so by whom

    Posted by Mike Seabrook  on  07/07/18  at  02:18 AM
  21. #10 ... John Hayward, I have been able to track down Mr Scott Pruitt for the benefit of those wondering where this person fits into the greater society of this World. He was the former minister of the USA Environment Protection Agency. The link below will provide the relevance of how he could rate as a man of politics here in our Tasmania. Then again he would fit in comfortably among Tasmania’s political classes, and soon become socially accepted by Tasmania’s Exclusives, more-so given his last role held with the American Federal Administration as the minister of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

    This person would be welcomed by the Liberal party brains trust, then very likely to become a best mate and pal with a certain ill-omened and ill-intending Tasmanian Senator, therefore highly likely to fit into the company of Tasmania’s Exclusives- despite he being a toxic stink-bug in his role with the USA EPA.

    https://www.publicintegrity.org/2018/07/05/21932/scott-pruitt-resigns-epa?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=8db8ff8b36-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_08_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-8db8ff8b36-102656005&mc_cid=8db8ff8b36&mc_eid=b769f43ac0

    Posted by William Boeder  on  07/07/18  at  08:35 AM
  22. Bolstering their credentials as stewards of the environment, the Tas Government has distinguished itself by winning mention on RN as the only state in Australia which has not placed the Eastern Quoll on the endangered list.

    John Hayward

    Posted by john hayward  on  07/07/18  at  09:38 AM
  23. #19 ... Geoffrey,  I’m not sure I would consider Trevor my adversary because most of the time I don’t understand what his premise is, and therefore if I don’t understand what he is implying then I can’t argue with it in logic.

    Posted by Ted Mead  on  07/07/18  at  10:49 AM
  24. #17 ... Simon, it is my opinion that you are correct in asking the question .. “would they?”

    I am also inclined that you are correct in your assessment as we all know Tasmania’s Liberal party ministers do not govern for the people, yet they will orchestrate whatever may be required by influential others that may be desired or required from this State’s Liberal party ministers, therefore, will utilise State revenues for their own and or their special others to achieve their ulterior purposes.

    One must expect that a new form of Gunns Ltd has entered into the inexcusable and grossly improper claiming to access Tasmania’s remaining natural resource bounty solely to enrich their bastard wood-chipping selves.

    As I understand the selfish whims of Tasmania’s resource plundering entrepreneurs, this is the stuff that excites, then quickly energises Tasmania’s Liberal party ministers and delivers them a greater satisfaction than representing the State’s non-cashed-up proletariat.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  07/07/18  at  11:16 AM
  25. #23 ... http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/conservation/threatened-species-and-communities/lists-of-threatened-species/full-list-of-threatened-species

    Click on vertebrates for an update.

    Or perhaps its just my imagination.

    Maybe this is actually a list of PTR’s in Meander Valley municipality, and I’m just not seeing it.

    Posted by MjF  on  07/07/18  at  11:21 AM
  26. #24 ...  Thanks for clarification, Ted. I remain confused with TGC’s comments .. sometimes I can follow .. but mostly I am at a loss.

    #21 ... As advised in an earlier post Mike, JNS has advised they will employ 10 full time tree planters to replace the cleared plantations to give this project a 50 year life going forward.

    Having observed some local plantation clearing I can only wonder at the huge cost to not only cut off the trees at the base, but to then remove all the stumps and debris, and then make ready the soil for more trees.

    Surely at the ridiculously cheap woodchip prices there is no money in this venture ... unless everyone along the line is being screwed big time.

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  07/07/18  at  11:34 AM
  27. Maybe there’s case to be made for the whole of that area south of Hobart to be classified as ‘Tourists Only - on bicycle or foot. No cars.’

    Posted by TGC  on  07/07/18  at  11:52 AM
  28. #26. MjF. Without a shadow of a doubt the State government through their GBE, Forestry Tasmania, had been the major cause for the destruction of both the habitat and the diversity of indigenous to Tasmania wildlife that dwelt therewithin.
    I note that the latest inventive title by Guy (the zombie smiler) Barnett of the “new fact proven non-sustainable” GBE of STT now having been set into motion will engage in exactly that same wildlife slaughterous logging process that is destined to continue into the futures in this the State of Tasmania.

    The only other culprits involved were the long-term number of stakeholder State government Lib/Lab ministers who acted in cahoots of whichever of these rotating leadership political party’s that were moreover failing to govern Tasmania as each had pledged to the then State Governor in situ.

    Given the both yourself and R C Halton have spent many years working with the former now derelict debt-laden downfallen and defunct Forestry Tasmania, a lot of your previous employment tasks with this blighted State GBE had each of you positioned before or just prior to and with R C Halton toiling at and from the clear-fell coalface of these extensive wildlife annihilations.

    How can it be that you each continually ignore your former role in the mass habitat destruction and the consequent annihilation of the greater proportion of Tasmania’s indigenous wildlife? I offer that your folderol nonsense of directing the TT comment readers and subscribers to websites that seemingly prefer to ignore the causation of the above is a wilful intent to mislead the people of Tasmania.

    I now wait for your response in relation to your empty denials, your inexcusable excuses, perhaps even your attempt to blame lightning ignited bushfires et al.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  07/07/18  at  02:52 PM
  29. Ted at #15 asks “What is it with the woodchip obsession in Tasmania?” I have been assured by TT’s resident sage TGC that corruption doesn’t exist in Tasmania, so it has to be that woodchipping gives the dumb and otherwise unemployable amongst us a purpose.

    Posted by Donzel Harbashi  on  07/07/18  at  03:12 PM
  30. #29 ... Since when did you take an interest in all matters faunal, Willy ?

    This is a recent development.

    Posted by MjF  on  07/07/18  at  04:06 PM
  31. #30 ... Donzel, Yes, the reply that accompanied your own question seems to be a consistently held view, though I would be a little hesitant to regard TGC as TT’s resident sage. Incidentally, I am of the mind that common logic is not one of this person’s foremost characteristics.

    One might add to the characteristics in which appears tellingly conspicuous, the sense and reason for conscionable awareness to sensitive and sensible matters such as conservation of natures benevolence and its cornucopia, seems to go straight through to the Keeper.

    #31 ... In reply to your diversionary question, since my arrival in Tasmania to take possession of my home in 2002 is applicable to both Flora & Fauna. Now, how about responding specifically to my contention re R C Halton and M J Fitch, and of each of the State government necessitating tasks, strategies, and undertakings?

    Posted by William Boeder  on  07/07/18  at  07:17 PM
  32. #14, Geoffrey, get ready for it the HWP’s are ready for harvest, the unpruned wood has to be moved for what it is worth on the current market mainly as logs for chipping.

    There is no looking back, regardless of the Dover out come and how long its takes, increased logging movements are due to happen.

    Any clown from either the local councils around the South or from the Parliament would have known this since the failure of Gunns Pulp Mill, the wood would find a market and that has occurred during the past 4 years or so.

    No time for bubble dwellers here, man the action stations!

    Posted by Robin Charles Halton  on  07/07/18  at  10:35 PM
  33. #32 ... Nope.

    40% of VDL’s publicly forested land mass is squirrelled away behind formal reserve walls .. and counting.

    Plus an unknown (to me) percentage of native forest on private property is covenanted for conservation in perpetuity for the benefit of the general public, all at no cost to you. What more do you want ? What was on your house block site prior to its development ?

    As the current owner, I’d hate to think you are currently responsible for permanent habitat destruction .. but you are.

    The difference is that a house block won’t return to its undisturbed state, whereas a logged coupe will.

    Posted by MjF  on  08/07/18  at  10:04 AM
  34. #33 ... Yesterday’s thinking, Robin.

    Woodchip is the lowest common denominator. HWP can give us far better returns than being chipped and shipped .. and it is not all about paper production.

    Our low cost chips coming from our native forests and plantations are now feeding furnaces in Europe and Asia.

    It’s not too late to prune the HWP. Then give them another 20 years in the ground and then let’s use them for something far more sensible and far more valuable as hardwood logs. And who knows what we will have learnt about E Nitens over the next 20 years.

    And of course, there’s nothing wrong with leaving them where they stand - after all, we are facing a climate change crisis.

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  08/07/18  at  10:24 AM
  35. Southern Tasmania has been developing steadily for the past five years. That’s because people want to live there. It hasn’t been screwed over by heavy industry.

    The Dover development is exactly what southern Tasmania doesn’t need.

    It’s hard to believe that a very few people can hold such great power to screw it up for everyone.

    A log truck every five minutes? This will be more than just a blight on the local lifestyle. People are going to die on the roads, and stress and pollution levels will increase with the heavy diesel-powered traffic.

    Posted by Time to sell up  on  08/07/18  at  11:45 AM
  36. #34 ... Interesting that you bring into focus the VDL. I recall a recent case event regarding the former executive board individual sitting on the board of VDL (methinks it was a Miles Hampton) that had sought to the clearing of 7,000 hectares of old Growth ancient forest. Do you recall how this was achieved MjF? No?

    Enter into the valley of deceptive conducts and duplicitous dealings, recall a non-citizen representative rather deceptive Labor minister person of ill-repute, who had lifted the applicable legislation for a brief period to provide a sneak approval to greatly exceed the maximum coop area of X an amount, the approval was then obtained for some 7-000 hectares of VDL granted land to be cleared, whereupon that lifted item of legislation was dropped back in place. Do you recall who the person appointed to clear-fell all that land happened to be?

    How did this occur MjF, when 7,000 hectares in one lump had gained its approval? Could it have been duped “by a well known slippery sliding former forest minister better known as the minister for logging the bejesus from the Crown Lands of Tasmania?

    This same shady fiddler of the truth known for his many appearances before the court judge sitting on the bench, likely one of Tasmania’s high appointed former legal beaks (one must think here that the judge would just be another example of this State’s judges (all known for sporting their crooked bent beaks) was ever to go soft on this serial offender. Just think of a person named Green.
    http://soer.justice.tas.gov.au/2003/bio/4/issue/41/ataglance.php

    The link above waffles on about the Forests Protection Board, which to me is little more than a compliant dodge to aid this State’s Crown Land logging crooks. Now MjF, the Forests Protection Board does it still exist, and is it protecting our forests?

    As for the ground under my house had consisted of a shale-like minute-grained sedimentary rock. As far as I am aware the former ground beneath my house in its pre-cleared presentation and way back in its former long life, was a bare patch of a somewhat flat planed part-weathered and degraded slaty rock. (All the soils on my house block had since been carted in to sit above the rocky under-base. Given the rocky ground appearance under my house, so no luck in what you have suggested.)

    This undulating lower ground was all altered when the EZ Electrolytic mob sent in their bulldozers back in the 1950s or thereabouts.

    Now then MjF, tell me more about your prior vocation with Forestry Tasmania without any obviated nonsense?

    Posted by William Boeder  on  08/07/18  at  02:04 PM
  37. #33 ... Robin, were these plantations planted for the Gunns’ pulp mill? If so were you one of the clowns involved in this debacle, a debacle that cost tax payers millions of dollars?

    The taxpayers have subsidised forest residue cartage from the southern forests to the site of the proposed Gunns pulp mill at a cost of millions. It would have needed the same subsidies to cart these plantations to Gunns. Gunns’ pulp mill was always going to fail with long distance cartage.

    As you say .. any clown could have seen the problem before establishing the plantations, so why did they go ahead?

    Posted by max  on  08/07/18  at  02:23 PM
  38. #37 ... Might I suggest Will, that your mind is not perhaps as sound and perceptive as it once was ?

    The VDL application you hark back to was for 15,000 hectares of clearing. It was eventually watered down to a permitted 7,000 ha, I believe endorsed via a ministerial exemption.

    How this came about I do not know, but suffice to say government intervention was provided at some stage and an argument for material hardship and commercial restriction of free trade etc (or similar) may have been put. Perhaps a promise of donations or of other works in kind were agreed to.

    I can however report than not 1 of the 7,000 approved ha has been cleared, and it would now appear extremely unlikely to ever happen under the cash strapped Chinese ownership now in place.

    What else was there ? Ah yes ..

    So you are the owner and custodian of a permanently altered ex native habitat plot of land in the western districts, no doubt once providing sound and secure homes for an eastern barred bandicoot, a Tasmanian devil or two, probably a masked owl in one of the several bulldozed hollow OG trees and more than likely a large den of Ma & Pa spotted-tailed quolls (with regular litters) which all preferred your now wholly domesticated acre of ground as a refuge and sanctuary.

    So how do you sleep at night knowing you’ve done your level best to maintain permanent loss of habitat for these iconic species whilst been able to reside comfortably and securely yourself into your twilight years ?

    I don’t know of the Forest Protection Board. There used to be Fauna Protection Board many years ago as a forerunner to the upmarket Parks and Wildlife agency.

    Perhaps the old noggin is a trifle cloudy, as I earlier alluded to.

    Posted by Mjf  on  08/07/18  at  04:06 PM
  39. #39 ... My apology for that error, I should have averred to the Forest Practices Board, yet you would have been alerted to this error more-so if you had acted responsibly and read the link publication that I had provided for you. I felt it necessary to enclose this so you could better understand the content and its important set of regulations that now throttles many of your oppositional points of view and opinions in which you have preferred over and above the content held, that you had so regularly engaged in despite its fact-based the academic-based fact to the contrary.

    As for those contrary assumptions held in your above comment, they do not provide any comfort to your own intellect with your increasing incessant mind flights into the forested dreamland of Brigadoon.

    Your assumed narrative of the terra firma and its overlay in times of long ago held in your mind of the Mid West Coastal primal geology seemed to be another obscure depiction held in your mind during one of your regular flights into the mythical realm of Brigadoon.

    The land surface descriptive used so keenly by you is more representative of the Tasmanian landscape per your occupation, that had you ignore all else but to claim such landscape and environment as fit to clear-fell log mostly for bastard wood-chips and for whatever else.

    This including the improper taxpayer revenue subsidisation that would be regularly gifted by this State government to itself, but in the guise of the former GBE of Forestry Tasmania that operated and had created and irresponsibly managed the hugely indebted and failed former real-time employer, effectively identified as being this State’s shallow-minded Lib/Lab government.

    How about less of your diversionary endeavour when you next respond (to my inquiries as were nominated in my #29) in the manner of an ulterior motivated South Australian ego-centric scientist? I believe this will be important to benefit your own self-intellect to maintain your now slowly diminishing recall of events during your history of input into the degrading and destructive effect you had contributed, being a vast portion of this World’s blessed magnitude of forested landscapes once swaying softly to the breezes in the seasons across the fair isle of Tasmania.

    Your occupational effect upon Tasmania’s former Ancient Gondwanaland forests will carry your name forward into the perpetuity of the many known number of harms so foolishly wrought upon Tasmania, largely to the benefit of a now convicted greed-crazed Ogre in the name of what may become a hybrid of the Cane-toad species bearing the scientific appellation of Johnum Gaius Ignoramus Toxicus Destructum.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  08/07/18  at  06:11 PM
  40. #19 ... “Time to listen to your adversary, Ted Mead, for a change.” I do “listen (read) (my) adversary” but I find him too depressing after just a few words.

    All the smarmy lot on TT against pretty much everything could lead to those of us with a much more sensible and positive attitude requiring to be on suicide watch were it not for our understanding that these Jeremiahs are only trying to assuage their own darkness by getting miserable thoughts out into some sort of light.

    Naturally ‘we’ welcome this outpouring of their depressive mood recognising that, just maybe, our own cheerfulness might one day break through to them .. and they can then enjoy life.

    Posted by TGC  on  08/07/18  at  07:07 PM
  41. #40 ... I’m pretty sure I sent you that link a year or two ago, for your urgently needed edification. Now you send it back as if to say .. “Sharpen up, young fella. I’ve got something useful here for ya.”

    Willy, I am at a loss to explain your conduct. Perhaps an unseasonally cold and damp western winter is playing tricks ?

    Did you venture up the coast today to catch our national leaders strutting their stuff ?

    Posted by MjF  on  08/07/18  at  07:08 PM
  42. #34 ... “The difference is that a house block won’t return to its undisturbed state, whereas a logged coupe will.” So how do you explain this paradox?

    Posted by Donzel Harbashi  on  08/07/18  at  08:20 PM
  43. # 41 ... What a laugh Trev. - You couldn’t image the adventurous fulfilling life I have led travelling and exploring the world and educating myself on all things about the interconnectedness of life in which we exist. I suggest you get out of your Perth cave one day for a look.

    The only time I feel disillusioned, or if you want to label it depressed, is when I read about politics and/or the insular contributions by those who live in the dark and comment on TT. 

    Being a committed conservationist requires putting yourself out there subject to abuse, criticism and misunderstanding, but the rewards of achieving something that continues to protect vast expanses of primitive nature and all life within is something that cynics like yourself will never comprehend.

    I do foresee the day when I will move on beyond TT and state conservation, but that time will come at my discretion.

    Beyond that, your myopic and conservative contributions to petty intellect will sadly linger on!

    Posted by Ted Mead  on  08/07/18  at  09:54 PM
  44. wonder who is paying for rates and the roads re the trees which were sold for est. $1,000 per acre and which cost the tax punters and forestry (tas taxpayer)  was it $5,000 per acre

    can replanting and remediation costs be justified and paid for by whom?

    Posted by Mike Seabrook  on  09/07/18  at  12:25 AM
  45. Taa ann

    is it on the outer in malaysia after the recent regime change in malaysia

    Posted by Mike Seabrook  on  09/07/18  at  12:32 AM
  46. #43 ... What paradox ?

    Posted by Mjf  on  09/07/18  at  08:18 AM
  47. #47 ... Fancy being flummoxed by the word paradox. The word paradox is a statement that, despite apparently sound reasoning from true premises, leads to an apparently self-contradictory or logically unacceptable conclusion.

    So Mjf, from the paradoxical perspective, your mindset and your outlook being so blemished, has been reasonably summed up and delivered by Donzel Harbashi.

    In a prior comment by Donzel from an external to Tasmania legal-practitioner perspective, has cleverly recognised the culture of Tasmania’s State government and its solidarity with pro-loggers and wildlife exterminators, has identified this “paradoxical Tasmanian government created phenomenon?”
    See below.

    #13 ... An interesting analogy, however even in a red-neck infested, intellectually impoverished backwater like Tasmania would a simpleton soon work out that crop of sugar cane, carrots or potatoes would be of much greater benefit to the community than a eucalypt plantation would ever be, as well as being far more profitable.

    Posted by Donzel Harbashi on 22/06/18 at 07:12 PM

    Posted by William Boeder  on  09/07/18  at  12:47 PM
  48. #46 ... Mike Seabrook, Taib Mahmud, as the Governor or a self-elected regent of some kind in Sarawak, is “alleged to be the king of money launderers” in the South East Asia region, so it is odds on that these two persons (Najib Razak and Taib Mahmud) are going to suffer the same fate given their joint history of illegitimate transnational financial undertakings.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  09/07/18  at  01:08 PM
  49. #48 ... Thank you Willy, for providing rapid follow-up which is unnecessary.

    The fact is there is no paradox. My conclusions are perfectly logical and true.

    So when are you going to remove your abode, outbuildings, driveway, fences, all services etc and regenerate the site back to native vegetation as best you can in the hope that displaced native flora and fauna species may eventually return from whence they were summarily ejected ?

    Posted by Mjf  on  09/07/18  at  01:41 PM
  50. #50 ... No problem Mjf, though the matter of the State’s government in is own unique way ‘is’ a major cause of concern when indeed the State’s major Indigenous wildlife slaughterer happens to be its very own government ministers, albeit through their determination to continue to clear-fell destruction of this small State’s Old Growth Crown Land forests.

    When one examines the beneficiaries of the grand scale clear-fell logging destruction of so great an amount of Tasmania’s Native Forests, enables the expansion of wealth to a very limited few seems rather illogical.

    Then the given reasons to do so is to the specific benefit of 2 somewhat monopolistic business concerns, one being Ta Ann overseas owned Ta Ann Berhad, a publicly listed entity on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange, the chairman being Hamed Sepawi of Sarawak. One will be somewhat surprised that its Tasmanian peculiar business holdings seem not to rate a mention in this link per the courtesy of a comprehensive Reuters worldwide available stock market report: https://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/overview/TAAN.KL

    The many available references held on this report page lead to rather significant avenues of information describing the functions and the extensive international native forest timber acquisitions by this business operation.

    The other reason or cause for the ever ongoing full-on slaughter of Tasmania’s indigenous wildlife is to support the supply of native timber logs to Tasmania’s bastard wood-chip export operations, in particular the Nevile Smith owned timber businesses in Tasmania: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-27/neville-smith-forest-products-warning-tasmanian-forest-wars/8307064

    After reading and examining the information held in the 2 links provided it becomes evident that the current Liberal State government has no intention to ease back on freeing up Tasmania’s Crown Land native forests, which somewhat blatantly confirms that the immorally unacceptable continuation of Indigenous wildlife slaughter and habitat destruction is of no concern to the Tasmanian State government generally.

    I myself believe that the very realisation of the greater volume of ongoing Indigenous Wildlife slaughter is in its own way a contradictory deliberation, yet this is being purposely ignored by its State government ministers.

    The fact the controversial consent being given by Tasmania’s government does not hinder the purposes of providing their support that continues the slaughter of the State’s rapidly diminishing numbers of its various endangered wildlife species, certainly at cross purposes with the people of Tasmania.

    This fact alone is worthy of National News headlines across Australia if not also a major international news event that is considered essential for transmission across the rest of the countries around the globe.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  09/07/18  at  04:19 PM
  51. Was it #51 ?

    Why not?

    Write again to the governor and the shadow ‘general attorney’.

    Posted by MjF  on  10/07/18  at  08:01 AM
  52. #52 ... So MjF, I note that you have not denied that the Tasmanian State government through their nominated GBE, then transferred to their contractors and employees are the sum total of the driving forces behind the slaughter of Tasmania’s Indigenous wildlife.
    Cause and effect, what does this spell out about Tasmania’s government in general?
    I’ll answer the question for you in case you are unable to get your mind attuned to the unconscionable, nay, ‘the reprehensible’ mindsets of this State’s Lib/Lab ministers that think of nothing other than lying and deceiving the citizens of Tasmania.

    At election time my vote will go to the Drovers dog, never to either of the Lib/Lab huddle of ministers, as both these political parties are in league when it comes to destroying the image and the substance of this State.

    Now MjF, no more of your irrelevant nonsense if you please.
    The only means of the Neville Johnson Native Forest filching wood-chip madness will have before it is finally approved and is up and running, can only be through the illegal lawless and statute breaching agency of all that is the government in this State.

    Precedents of artificial concoction have already been set, 2 of them, Martin Bryant as the patsy for the Port Arthur Massacres, the second is the volume of illegal and or illegitimate approvals tossed toward John Gay’s proposed poisonous polluting Pulp Mill.
    Given that this whole series of events underlying the Neville Smith ‘flouting of the law’ wood-chip mill proposal, it is inevitable that the method and means employed in this monopolistic grasp for the State’s Southern Native Forests will become open to legal challenge, despite the cabal of conspirators thereto engaged.

    Neville Smith had claimed he had been walking on water, I find this hard to believe, my guess is he will sink under the very same fundamental forces he had chosen to oppose.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  10/07/18  at  12:53 PM
  53. Outstanding from the previous article “The short term thinking”, I have an answer for #13 MjF, #6 Russell, and #12 Alan Mason, who told me that I am behind the times and that CRC forestry no longer exists!

    I phoned Terry Edwards, CEO of FIAT, last week who informed me that the Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW) has replaced the CRC Forestry role.

    The Director is Associate Professor Greg Nolan and the Research and Development Centre is based in Launceston.

    Currently there is a grant of $109,774 funding for Processing pruned Euc nitens to produce high value saw-log and veneer products.

    As we speak, Britton Brothers of Smithton are undertaking the sawing and classification trial of what is to be oldest of pruned HWP logs .. believed to be around 25 years of age.

    Over the remainder of the year I will try and keep my finger on the pulse with Assoc Professor Nolan to find out when the results are published and available for public perusal.

    Posted by Robin Charles Halton  on  10/07/18  at  01:58 PM
  54. Willy, it is not Neville Smith as in Christian and surnames.

    It is a surname only, and I believe actually hyphenated, ie Neville-Smith

    So when you refer to Neville-Smith you should precede the surname with a Christian eg, James.

    Neville Johnson ? Who ? I’m signing off now, you can have the last word.

    One more thing, don’t send me back any links I’ve previously provided to you. Bad form.

    Posted by Mjf  on  10/07/18  at  03:05 PM
  55. #54, good information to know and a very relevant project. Well done.

    Posted by Alan Mason  on  11/07/18  at  09:29 AM
  56. I wonder if JNS has considered the possibility of using portable chippers at the harvesting sites instead of clearing a large area of forest for a chipping site in Dover.

    Last spring I managed to spend some time in WA and stayed near Porongurup as a base to primarily visit the Stirling Ranges and the study the surrounding landscapes before heading down to Albany for another stay.

    We managed to stumble upon a logging operation out past Zarephath Wines where plantation Tas Blue gum was being harvested and immediately chipped on site into large B double bins then trucked back out onto the main highway at Chester Pass Road onto the receiving facility at Albany port.

    On our move to Albany, we passed a few large chip bin trucks and empties returning to the plantations, there were no issues with road safety what so ever, how lucky is WA to have a decent and well planned roading infrastructure throughout its SW corner.

    For us its a question of significant road upgrades to cope with our more difficult terrain given the increased heavy cartage traffic that we are now experiencing regardless of whether it be cartage of materials other than logs.

    Heavy road transport, like it or not are a sign of the times. get used to it as there is little option available at present.

    A railhead a Karanja is unlikely but more likely at Bridgewater where a facility already exists planned in advance for Gunns pulp mill but could be brought into action to facilitate logs, not chips heading to the northern ports.

    Would it be cost effective re handling from truck- rail- processing/port facility!

    Posted by Robin Charles Halton  on  11/07/18  at  09:37 AM
  57. #57 ... It is my understanding that JNS and his consultant team have been working on this project for at least 2 years.

    It’s very strange that they only just realised there is a salmon lease in their way .. or is that just to a red herring and either Tassal and/or JNS stand to gain because our Liberal government will likely throw some taxpayer dollars their way?

    We would have to believe that portable chippers have been well and truly considered, and in some locations they may still be a feasible option, especially on sites close to the proposed export facility.

    What you are not considering however Robin, is that JNS is invested in the Southwood Mill at Lonnavale, an idea first put up by FT almost 20 years ago which was then followed by an investment of millions of tax payers’ dollars from Paul Harriss, and to this day it has been struggling to justify its existence.  The jobs, jobs, jobs promise never eventuated. No surprise there.

    So is it that JNS wants Southwood to turn a dollar? Or is it that our Liberal government and the back room boys from the Gunn’s era, who are still pulling the puppet strings, are still trying to justify a bad decision taken 20 years ago?

    There is much more to this story than just a woodchip export facility ...

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  11/07/18  at  03:23 PM
  58. #55 ... I am tired of your droll deliberations and nonsensical responses. Best you ply your irrelevancies elsewhere.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  11/07/18  at  03:23 PM
  59. #57 ... There is no chipping proposal at the Strathblane/Dover site. The proposal is to chip logs at Southwood and bin the chips to a stockpile at Port Esperance via existing STT roads. I thought you were across this.

    #58 ... Geoffrey, don’t lose sight of the fact there is already an operating chipper at Southwood which processes mill residues, a weighbridge etc. Politicking aside, its probably quite practical to upgrade this facility to accommodate a large volume of ETF.

    I hope this is not too droll, nonsensical or irrelevant for either of you.

    Posted by Mjf  on  11/07/18  at  05:30 PM
  60. #60 ... Thanks Martin. Yes, I’m across all of this, but when you read the elaborate plans FT and Harriss et al had for Southwood (initially the Integrated Timber Processing Centre) it has never materialised to the same extent as the PR push at the time.

    And the number of jobs, jobs, jobs was going to be considerable. Made our pollies at the time, and our local Mayor Robert Armstrong along with a number of other Councillors, Cronies and even our friend Georgie look like they were going to save this Valley from doom and gloom.

    Mind you, I cannot see that the Biomass project will ever get off the ground. That was doomed for failure from day one, IMV.

    Nothing droll for me MJF ... keep it up, but please, for the uneducated like me .. help with some of the acronyms. I’m guessing ETF is “eucalyptus timber fibre” .. which covers both native and plantation sources.

    And about your “nonsensical or irrelevant for either of you” .. do tell me Martin, am I now in some sort of “club”? And is that with William and/or Robin - or, please help me, not TGC!

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  11/07/18  at  05:56 PM
  61. @61
    No club Swanny.
    Overload Willy @#59 finds my comments that way inclined evidently . Now on the basis he is such a fair minded, rational,  constructive and unbiased poster then I can only conclude that everyone else finds my comments similarly inclined.

    Now I have to make a special effort from here on to turn it around.

    ETF = eucalypt tree farm. An older phrase for hardwood plantations.

    Should we not then embrace this proposal to allow the Southwood site to realise some of its previously spruiked potential ?

    Kind of a late bloomer so to speak.

    Posted by MjF  on  11/07/18  at  10:30 PM
  62. #62 ... Many moons ago I attended a Wesfarmers AGM when the very well respected Michael Chaney was the CEO.

    Mr Chaney advised the shareholders that, effective immediately, they were closing down the timber harvesting side of their portfolio.

    The Board had come to the conclusion that the timber operation was causing their company too much grief in terms of environmental damage, and that it was greatly affecting their social image and it was diverting their management time away from other more viable and profitable enterprises.

    As I recall, their share prices increased following that announcement .. and look at where this great Australian public company is today.

    The Integrated Timber Processing Centre (Southwood today) was founded on the concept that unrestrained access to our public forest resources would be ongoing. It was also assumed that either the Liberals or Labor would provide ongoing taxpayer funded assistance .. which of course they have continued to do to this day.

    It is now time to stop flogging a dead horse, and time to front up and say “We made a mistake”.

    IMV, if Southwood was truly in the hands of private enterprise, and not still being supported by back room deals involving our governments and the likes of John Gay, Paul Harriss and Paul Lennon to name a few, then any intelligent and forward thinking Board of Directors would call it quits and move on to a more viable business model.

    It’s twenty years on Martin, and time to say goodbye to pipe dreams.

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  12/07/18  at  11:47 AM
  63. #63 ... The truer story with WES is that forestry was not part of their core business, Geoffrey. They thought they’d have a crack at it because everyone else was.

    They did it badly and lost a lot of money, hence Chaney’s timely withdrawal and probably just as well.

    Their current value level is because they eventually stuck with what they know, successful retailing and manufacturing/production in chemicals, energy and fertilisers.

    One might surmise that the supply of gas products and open cut coal mining would also seem less appealing to the conscientious shareholders Geoffrey, but apparently not. Must be making a decent return.

    It was only their dirty forestry involvement that fell out of favour it seems.

    Many ASX200 companies try different ventures, eventually fail and exit but soldier on successfully anyway, an example being Woolworths with their Masters hardware experiment.

    WES had no corporate forestry expertise and got in too late prior to the GFC, an escalating Australian dollar and lack of investment money.

    You can put whatever spin on it you like.

    Totally different scenario to Neville-Smith which is a successful core timber company.

    Let the chipping begin, Geoffrey.

    Whether Southwood ever reaches the projected heights of the Harriss era advocacy is immaterial. It’s an established and serviced industrial forestry site with obvious potential to include additional activities.

    Bring it on, and Tassal can go jump. Bloody floating cages as far as the eye can see. How’s their share price travelling Geoffrey, despite all their preferential treatment and assistance from the EPA ?

    So the current stock price and dividend yield is now the measure of a company’s success .. never mind that plenty of companies are overvalued.

    Posted by Mjf  on  12/07/18  at  03:13 PM
  64. Tasmania grows trees as well as any other place on earth - just do it and then harvest ‘em.
    The NIMBY inclined? - Move!

    Posted by TGC  on  13/07/18  at  09:20 AM
  65. #65 ... There is a big difference with Tasmania, Trevor.

    The good fortune for this once pristine State is the increasing visitation of newcomers who come with worldly experience, and who know only too well the very real impact and total destruction that industries like Forestry can have on our environment.

    People who care more for our environment, than the many who just want to make a fast buck by taking whatever resource out planet has to offer, will be the saving of this State; and hopefully cave dwellers like yourself will eventually come out into the sunlight and be very thankful for the NIMBY attitude.

    Just trying to help, Trevor. You and I will be six feet under one day soon, and having been blessed with a clean, green environment for most of our life time, the least we can do is preserve what is left for our children and the generations to follow.

    We have no such licence to destroy this planet.

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  13/07/18  at  04:15 PM
  66. Whilst I don’t support old growth logging in Tasmania I do support harvesting into the future of current regrowth forests planted for the sole purpose of harvesting for our future needs. We all use paper of some type each and every day/ The majority of us live in timber framed houses, and many people in the Huon region burn wood for heat .. yet there is outrage when a proposal to utilise this resource is put forward.

    Do any of you opposing this facility even consider how you rely on this resource now?

    I see a great opportunity here to build a world class facility with suitable constraints to ensure it’s environmentally compliant. I see an opportunity to have transport networks created that do not use public roads, and as a result provide a safe outcome for road users.

    Without this facility large trucks will share our roads and streets from the Huon Valley through the Tasmanian capital city, and via the Midland Highway to the ports on the northern coast of Tasmania. Is that what’s best for our children and grand children?

    Posted by Warren L  on  15/07/18  at  09:11 PM
  67. #67 ... No.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  15/07/18  at  11:50 PM
  68. #64 ... Martin J Fitch:

    You state: “They did it badly and lost a lot of money, hence Chaney’s timely withdrawal and probably just as well.”

    FT, now rebranded STT, has the same problem, but as an acolyte and apologist for this bankrupt leech on society, have you been paid not to notice?

    Posted by John Hawkins  on  16/07/18  at  07:23 AM
  69. #69 ... A preposterous suggestion, Hawk.
    Couldn’t your time be better spent ?

    Posted by MjF  on  16/07/18  at  09:04 AM
  70. #70 ... MjF, inevitably you again fail to answer the question.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  16/07/18  at  10:12 AM
  71. #67 ... Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Warren.

    “Without this facility large trucks will share our roads and streets from the Huon Valley through the Tasmanian capital city ...”

    With this facility large log trucks will clog our residential roads at up to 180 per day every day of the year carrying the feeder logs through Hobart from the Derwent East region, and from all over South of Hobart through Huonville. Glen Huon, Ranelagh, Bruny, Cygnet, Franklin etc.

    The paper myth was once a credible defence, but nowadays our woodchips from our native and plantation forests are also being used to feed large furnaces in China and Europe.

    As for building more timber houses .. indeed, bring it on as a sustainable local industry that will bring jobs. No argument. Woodchip however, is a complete failure of our resource.

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  16/07/18  at  11:52 AM
  72. #71 ... But I have Willy, many times in the past.

    Pay more attention to the written word, is my advice.

    Posted by Mjf  on  16/07/18  at  11:52 AM
  73. Mjf, may I suggest that there is a battered old wooden trunk part buried in the Tasmanian parliamentary grounds that contains over a hundred written State government promises that have since shown themselves to be absolute lies on a scale never thought achievable.

    You say to me ‘pay more attention to the written word.’ See below.

    My memory goes back to the Edmund Rouse Affair, now that was a huge compendium of words both evil and honest. I recall the name of Robin Grey’s former defence lawyer, a person in the name of Peter Underwood. Now the late former Governor of Tasmania.) He was a man that was able to veer around all the submitted evidence at the trial of those charged in this matter, which had somehow proved to be a successful manoeuvre, thus his client was not in consequence sent to jail.

    So as you can see in the above that I have done as you have suggested.

    I repeat for your benefit a maxim I have leaned upon a great many times, more-so when I am surrounded by people that tell me “Don’t worry” when I have been surrounded by people who are counter to the best interests of Tasmania and its citizens.

    “No amount of wrongs must ever constitute a right.”

    Persons who choose to utter false words to support the specious desires of a State government are persons whose words I will forever refuse entry into my mind.

    I am currently engaged in revealing another specious State government supported crime against the best interests of Tasmanian citizens, this being the serious matter of State Institutional Financial Elderly Abuse.

    There are a fine group of non-government others resident on the mainland who have as yet delayed drafting up a submission to the Federal Attorney General, complete with their substantial files of factual evidence, thus I feel privileged to have been invited to join this group.

    I believe this could be a new something for you to engage in that is far above the perpetuating of lies, intended then circulated by others and this State government, to the detriment of the humble citizens of Tasmania.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  16/07/18  at  01:59 PM
  74. #74 ... Quite right Willy, you may suggest that.

    Who will ever forget the otherwise unallocated $10 K gift from Rouse? Secreted away in Gray’s sideboard, supposedly intended for the party coffers but retained in the Whispering Bulldozer’s possession for an extended period.

    “I’m sorry your honour, I forgot it was there amongst my socks.”

    No case could be made by the Crown on this front .. but murky indeed.

    Don’t we get on well Willy, when we share a common view ?

    Posted by Mjf  on  16/07/18  at  04:55 PM
  75. #67 ... Warren L is basically right to suggest that by taking large log trucks away from the capital city, and from the haul up the long stretch on the Midland Highway, would result in a far safer public highways without the congestion often associated with larger trucks in general that we see on our roads today that are forced to use routes, many of which were designed 30-50 years ago before trucks were the kings of the road.

    Having convoys of log trucks coming all the way down the steep stretch from Vinces Saddle towards the Sandfly Road crossing, as well as the next steep stretch from Mt Nelson down to the city, requires not only a well maintained modern prime mover with an efficient trailer system, but also a driver who is not fatigued and who remains alert at all times during multiple traffic conditions wherein movement can be hampered by extreme weather conditions. For example, black ice on the road during winter. It’s occurrence is often most difficult to detect on most road surfaces.

    Overall the Dover loading facility at this point in time makes the best sense.

    #72 ... Geoffrey, there is little point in you continuing unless you are prepared to show some interest in providing a roading transport solution, as the volume of Southern unpruned plantation wood is now coming on stream while the chip-wood market remains buoyant, and will be required to be shifted onto the market place!

    The State government needs to make inroads with solutions to improve traffic flow, with its main arterial roads coming in towards the city from the Eastern Outlet, as well as a long term solution for a bypass behind the city as part of dealing with increasing road traffic from private vehicles up to multiple heavy haulage units.

    That is the way the world is moving, therefore it needs to be dealt with to meet with the expectation of high standards of safe public movement on roads and highways.

    Posted by Robin Charles Halton  on  16/07/18  at  10:43 PM
  76. Too right, Halton.

    Now we have the absurd suggestion that the tree growers might leave their wood in the ground in perpetuity to appease “The Newcomers”, their new visions and their requirement for no disturbance whilst enjoying their latest Shangri la which is code for coming to VDL because it’s cheap living, and we can make a motza out of selling our north island properties.

    Now we gonna target the inbred local bastards to do it our way .. cause we know better and we think we’re superior people.

    There’s some serious social issues emerging here RCH. It’s gone well beyond simply mowing trees down.

    Posted by MjF  on  17/07/18  at  09:18 AM
  77. There is no doubt that the linking up of a combined plan for both forestry roads and public roads needs to take place, initially to facilitate access to Southwood for chipping, then transport in large bin trailers to the Southern woodchip export facility to be located at Dover.

    There is no doubt that road access planning will involve the upgrading of existing roads within forested areas in the Southern region.

    I am looking forward to peruse an anticipated roading network plan, when available, as I am particularly keen to note upgrading works for bringing wood south from the lower reaches of the Central Highlands / Upper Derwent Valley across a much improved Lanes Road/ Plenty Link Road towards Southwood via the Russell River area.

    I doubt is Geoffrey at #72 has the slightest idea of what could be the case, as so far he has only gone on the attack for the entire project with alarming predictions of road traffic crowding on public roads before any prescribed plan is in place.

    The Hodgman government has to play its role too, by keeping its finger on the pulse with NSP to keep the deniers in their place!

    Posted by Robin Charles Halton  on  17/07/18  at  09:39 AM
  78. Robin, what you and your clique must realise is that the State of Tasmania need not be based around the whims of opportune, inexpensive, easily accessed forest for logging entrepreneurs in order for them to make their plenty.

    All this nonsense you speak of was set in place for Gunns Ltd by Bacon and Lennon .. so tell me, what good does this provide for the people of Tasmania?

    Posted by William Boeder  on  17/07/18  at  10:52 AM
  79. #77 and #78 ... Robin and Martin, you guys do make me laugh.

    I was going to suggest that you must be members of the Flat Earth Society, but then after looking at their website which states ” This is the home of the world-famous Flat Earth Society, a place for free thinkers and the intellectual exchange of ideas… then I think No, that does not sound you like you guys.

    I feel a more accurate description may simply be jaded ex-forestry workers who just keep flogging a dead horse, and who are not prepared to consider any other options other than the old slash and burn mentality. And if anyone disagrees with your outdated thinking, just blame the newcomers.

    By the way MJF, what do we call you, one who perhaps was born or once lived in this Island State and now resides elsewhere ... but still connects with Tasmanian Times? Outlander perhaps?

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  17/07/18  at  02:16 PM
  80. ))80

    The Newcomers…isn’t there a movie by that name ?

    You make me chortle a little too Geoffrey

    Do you really believe European industries are buying Tasmanian woodchips to fuel their furnaces ?

    Another Wilderness Society scoop I suppose, revealed at the community talkfests.

    Are we seriously the closest and cheapest source of biofuel to Europe ?

    If Vica Bayley told you to back flip off the Huonville Bridge, I’m inclined to think you’d go for it. Because vica said.

    Can we please get this facility built, prune Tassals lease area by 60% to get it happening and get the chips loaded. How drawn out does this have to be ? Oh yeah, mandate compulsory chlorination of ballast water regardless of ships age and registry. Then we’re good.

    Foreign drivers - keep to the left at all times, beware of large vehicles and the disconsolate, frowning elite who didn’t get their own way.

    Posted by Mjf  on  17/07/18  at  04:11 PM
  81. #78 ... I cannot let you get away with your comment Robin, and let me repeat it here ...

    “I doubt is Geoffrey at #72 has the slightest idea of what could be the case, as so far he has only gone on the attack for the entire project with alarming predictions of road traffic crowding on public roads before any prescribed plan is in place.”

    Given your apparent wealth of knowledge in all things forestry and transport Robin, please offer us your sage advice on how is it possible to cart 800,000 tonnes of feeder logs from all over Southern Tasmania, Derwent West and Derwent East, without having to use public roads such as I advised Warren at #72.

    I remind you that James Neville-Smith has refused to detail the feeder log transport, despite many requests.

    Simply do the sums Robin, divide 800,000 tonnes by a 36 tonne truck load. Divide that number by 48 weeks of the year of a 6 day a week and 10 hours a day and “bingo” the number is 7.71 loaded trucks per hour.

    Therefore 15 trucks per hour traveling loaded and unloaded, 10 hours a day, 6 days a week for 48 weeks of the year. FACT. Much worse if a smaller truck load. Slightly better if they work 24/7 around the clock 7 days a week.

    What else do I need to say to you Robin, for you (and Martin) to comprehend the impact this project will have on our road system. There are no hidden roads on route to Southwood Mill. This was an issue back in 2006 when FT were looking at road options to Southwood. They even considered using barges on the Huon River but that failed because they could not fit under the Huonville Bridge.

    Do please surprise me Robin, with your wisdom to solve this huge dilemma.

    And I repeat .. the issue of transporting feeder logs to meet an intensive shipping regime of 800,000 tonnes per year will change the face of the Huon Valley and beyond. No scaremongering on my part .. simply a disastrous plan by JNS .. though no longer given he has just sold out to Reliance Forest Fibre.

    I guess it will soon be their problem, but then with the support of their parent company, Global Forest Partners who have very deep pockets with a reported $US 3.1 billion invested in their timber plantations all over the world and offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, who knows what money and power can do to this little island state?

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  17/07/18  at  04:40 PM
  82. #81 ... In my “much” younger days Martin, I was damn good at diving and back flips. If it wasn’t for a sign on the Huonville Bridge that clearly says no jumping and no diving ... well, you will never know.

    And there’s no need for a follow up comment on my propensity to abide by the law. I am perhaps a little too anal in that regard and need to loosen up a little. I was only recently publicly castigated for suggesting there are some folk who live in the South of Tasmania who I would describe as “Pot Smoking Ferals”.

    Oh dear, far too blunt for some PC folk who took offence at my comment.

    By the way, I am guessing you “older” TT commentators still get a TT prompt to say someone has commented against your post. This facility is no longer available to “Newcomers” like me. I have to go searching to see if there have been any updates ... so if I am ever tardy in a response it may simply be because I’m unaware.

    But there does ultimately come a time when enough has been said .. and when it is obvious that no one is listening.

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  17/07/18  at  05:32 PM
  83. Apparently not responding to my fair and reasonable questions I have submitted to both Mjf and RCH via this excellent forum, seems to be a serial failing of both Mjf and RCH. Either my questions are in the too hard basket or that they will diminish their personal credibility standing. It seems to me each of these 2 persons is facing off against the State’s people via their advocating for the increased encroachment into Tasmania’s Crown Land native forests, which will see the eager State government approvals that will ignore their ever onward slaughter of Tasmania’s forest-dwelling indigenous wildlife.

    The Hardwood Plantation log-supply will only continue for an unspecified but limited period of time, then as will happen, as usual, Guy “the zombie smiler” Barnett will approve the State’s government desire to be given access to enable further encroachment into what are currently considered to be native wildlife reserves ... per his uncaring resources depleting ignorance thereto. It grieves me that this irresponsible government has still not provided any major job creation process, other than the ramping-up of the destructive logging industry in which they themselves are the fiercest proponents.
    One soon realizes that the increased logging in this small Island State seems to be the best one can expect from a Liberal party leadership.

    Can attendees to this forum please offer any supportive comment to alert me of any particular job creative scheme that the State’s Liberal party have themselves set into successful motion? Being this was their slogan of promise in the beginnings of their initial electioneering to become the State’s better economy advancing political party, as well as they becoming the job-creation marvellest achievers for Tasmania’s futures?

    The Liberal party advertising strategy of today is their streaming through Youtube that offers little other than the political parties Labor and Greens are bad for Tasmania. I beg to differ based on the Liberal party ramped-up logging enthusiasms, there is no performance of other since they had originally purchased and had misled their way into this State’s leadership party.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  17/07/18  at  06:43 PM
  84. #82, Geoffrey ... I would imagine leading up to NSP’s overall plan becoming available for the public it would include some advance roading being either new construction or upgrading which should be advantageous to multiple users, whether it be on everyday public roads or the forestry roads.

    The Dover development should bring forward employment and new business with servicing opportunities for the Southern region.

    The Bob Brown Foundation won’t have a hope of what it amounts to preventing virtually all forestry activity in Tasmania.

    Posted by Robin Charles Halton  on  17/07/18  at  11:11 PM
  85. #82 ... Re warning signs on bridge, my point exactly as an unwavering disciple of green propaganda.

    Agree, let’s await the next public announcement re JNS.

    Posted by Mjf  on  18/07/18  at  09:41 AM
  86. #78 ... Robin, you are doing it yet again. As with other TT articles, when the going gets tough you simply fade away and don’t respond to the questions.

    William at #83 is correct ... your lack of response is a serial failing.

    C’mon Robin, do please inform our TT readers where these mystical roads are that will mean 800 feeder log trucks carrying 36 tonnes of logs on route to Southwood over 48 weeks of the year will travel, so as to have no impact on residential roads.

    There are none, and you know it. It will be utter bedlam in down-town Huonville and our surrounding towns, and the Hobart CBD, too.

    What we are struggling with here in this Valley Robin, is the old school thinking that the likes of the now deceased patriarch Alan Duggan espoused for far too long, and the same of George Harris .. members of the antiquated Huon Resources Group, IMV.

    Take 15 minutes to listen to Mr Neville Bennet, a 5th generation forester and another member clinging to the outdated philosophies of the Huon Resources Group. 

    Here is our real issue: Mr Bennet makes numerous comments that are completely false and misunderstood by himself. His thinking is clouded by days gone by when hard-working forestry men camped in the bush for weeks on end, and selectively felled trees.

    There are so many comments made by Mr Bennet, as a representative of the HSG, that are simply wrong.

    https://huonfm.com/about/podcasts/

    Where are you, Georgie?

    Posted by Geoffrey Swan  on  18/07/18  at  03:43 PM
  87. #86 Geoffrey, there is nothing further that I can do to discuss the Dover development any further with either you or William!

    I support the development proposal as a means of having a southern port to export woodchip quality (unpruned) HWP from existing plantations within the south of the State.

    Neither am I answering to any of your attack dog comments directed at local business organisations and their members!

    There is no doubt when the NSP proposal goes ahead business and community would benefit, we may even see a new pub rebuild at Dover as well as welcoming newcomers to the region.

    You are well and truly on the outer regarding local affairs and likely to remain as such!

    Posted by Robin Charles Halton  on  18/07/18  at  10:50 PM
  88. #87 ... I will add a few words as my name appears in your comment ...

    Your mindset is related to the people that both you and MjF prefer to live amongst, namely those who endorse, and seek to satisfy, their bash-burn-clear-felling logging-centric minds.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  19/07/18  at  01:32 AM
  89. #88 ... I feel sorry for you William, as you just cant seem to grasp forestry .. full stop!

    We have been through this together for at least the current decade, but you are not on board at all!

    Posted by Robin Charles Halton  on  19/07/18  at  09:46 AM
  90. #86 ... Thanks Swanny, for providing podcast link. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Nev rattle on. I could listen to these old buggers for hours. The host certainly had an easy 15. Admittedly he’s not that polished an orator and tends to digress regularly but hey, cut the man some slack, he must be in his 70’s .. or possibly older ?

    All power to him to put forward his views and I think it not unreasonable to believe the interview became less about HRG’s agenda and more about Neville’s personal recollections. I agree his point made several times re the project not being at Dover is splitting hairs.

    Interestingly though he raised the issue of international shipping visiting the area for years (for fruit and wood pellet cargoes) and apparently with no introduction/establishment of invasive exotic pests re ballast water and hull contamination. This was the theme of my query to Arthur Clarke recently, about which I haven’t noticed a response. I’d better check again now.

    What about the invasive marine pests long established in the estuary/river .. but nobody’s noticed yet ? I imagine Tassal would be publicly across this, if so.

    Thank you Neville Bennett, for an entertaining 15 minutes.

    Posted by MjF  on  19/07/18  at  10:12 AM
  91. #89 ... Quite true Robin. I note that you are still pushing the same wheelbarrow of wood-chips this past decade or more. Calling 80%-90% of a former coupe area as harvesting waste, or logging debris, or some other non-descriptive that ultimately end up being trucked as logs to the wood-chippers is not my idea of an ethical progressive business strategy.

    Robin, are you able to explain to me why so many STT trees bulldozed and burnt this past 30 odd year when they were in their infancy (particularly throughout the Lennon-John Gay Gunns era) today they would present as an interesting presentation of what good common sense there proved to be in the minds of the old timber getters of long times past?

    How about the indigenous wildlife slaughter that became the collateral deaths as a by-product of the complete razing of all flora to ground Earth, or a fire put through to clean up the remnants of the removed limbs saplings etc?

    All of that above determination to drop the whole coupe may make some kind of sense to yourself .. but not for me, thankyou.

    If this is called and accepted as good Crown Land forest management, then that in itself is little more than a plan for the annihilation for the entire of the coupe area. So after my observing this same old same for the past 16 years, how am I supposed to say Ah, yeah, Oh Well, let it all continue, it’s madness being directed into my ears and brain-box.

    Can you describe to me an ethical business activity with such a high level of material waste that can claim itself clever as in being so unsustainable?

    To expect me to roll over and listen to people who choose to say Ah well, just get over it, is not the answer.

    Unfortunately no Robin, I do not have my head filled with rock materials until my head grows its own rocks. That would be the day I agree with you and your fellow log-it-all thinkers.

    Posted by William Boeder  on  19/07/18  at  11:34 AM

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