The Tasmanian government and their forestry ‘club’ should be ashamed of themselves. I reckon most Tasmanians are ... if not most Australians.
I agree in part with Pete (comment 21, here).
I had Blackwood and Tassie Oak felled on my property in 2000/01.
It was piled in the forest for 3 - 4 years, then I had it milled into slabs for kitchen benches etc and flooring (see pictures above).
It didn’t split much at all. There was no need for sprinklers Robin Halton (comment 22, here). Taking a limited quantity in a selective manner and storing it in its own environment - in cooler, wetter conditions, under the trees - rather than out in heat-splitting, clearfell-style sunshine, made the end product much better.
I stored a little in the sun, a little like Burnie wharf - though that has the extra wind and salt spray to dry it out even more; (very dumb of FT and industry - and it split to buggery. Says something for where, when and how it’s taken down and stored for end use.
I have some absolutely gorgeous dark Blackwood logs for sale at the moment, unsplit, unlike the crap that FT sells!
Prices please … ?
Or do the industry players only want the cheap pale crap from subsidised state-owned native forests; that they can get for next to nothing? Of course they do, because the government and their club have gifted them for decades. And the government wants to continue to subsidise lower quality and give nothing to those of us who actually have the best.
Buy local eh Lara Giddings and Bryan Green ... ?
Do I and other forest property owners have to be one of the years of forestry failures to get a hand ? Apparently so. Where is my subsidy to have my specialty timber delivered to the mill and turned into high quality products by downstream processing … hmmm?
I could grow some of the best blackwood in the state for future use but where do I get some help?
The answer seems, nowhere … because for all the government/political talk, it appears our masters don’t want Tasmania to be independent and for people to invest. All you are doing is trying to create a cheap factory state … production line workers and industry.
That’s typical dumb-arse Labor for you!
And the Liberals for all their talk, want to do exactly the same. They want to follow the tried and true method of continuous failure.
They have no real perception of what is going on . They just want money from the Feds; carve up the cake and eat it too.
And you wonder why most Tassie politicians are the joke of Australia.
You’re a disgrace to the name of Tasmania ... and to the pioneers who truly made this island before you turned it into a club of mates.
Claire Gilmour is a 6th generation Tasmanian originally from the Tamar Valley. She lives on a 50 acre rainforest property in the Shakespeare Hills, N/W Tasmania with a variety of documented rare and endangered native animal species. She lives a relatively self-sufficient lifestyle in a solar powered home she owner built over the last 15 years. A landscape gardener and painter/decorator, Claire enjoys working with Tasmanian timbers, including growing, restoring furniture and building. Claire stood as a support candidate for the Greens in the 2010 state election. Previously she has worked as a veterinary theatre nurse and in the IT industry. Qualified in permaculture, reiki and has done some training in aquaculture and tree farming. She has a particular passion for championing the protection of natural freshwater habitats. Living on the front line between a native forest and bordering forestry destruction, Claire has witnessed first-hand the effects a rapacious industry and spent the last 13 years dealing with a myriad of Forestry related issues.