The Greens welcome the news plans for a Dover woodchip facility have been put on hold.

As we have said from the beginning, this project does not have community support and rushing it through a planning process was undemocratic.

The proponent has placed the responsibility for fixing their dispute with Tassal in the government’s hands. It is up to the Premier to decide the future for Port Esperance.

Premier Will Hodgman has been put in the hot seat by the woodchip port proponent and must now declare his position.

Will he back his old cronies with a divisive, archaic and environmentally destructive woodchip export industry, or will he stand by his community?

A woodchip port is not what the Dover community wants, and the Premier - their local Franklin MP - must respect that.