“A rich blend of Tamar River grapes that goes down smoothly, but leaves a somewhat bitter after taste”.
Will this be a common comment from wine buffs when the “Bell Bay” pulp mill starts wafting its toxic payload over the Tamar Valley’s world renowned vineyards?
Why call it “Bell Bay” when in reality its location is Longreach?
Is it to distance the impact of the mill from this important industry?
What will happen to the Tasmanian wine exports when customers discover that what they consume was grown in the shadow of one of the world’s biggest pulp mills and dusted by chemicals of all varieties?
The “clean green” image once again is carried away in a cloud of substances that pose harm to many people and the environment in which they live.
I wonder if the gentry quietly quaffing a Tamar River Chardonnay will pause and think about what is really in their nectar. Perhaps they will choose a brand that is without all the extra added toxins.
I am a proud supporter of the Tamar River wine industry, but that may all change.
There has been a lot of talk about the pulp mill supplying jobs for Tasmanians.
John Gay has said that he will need lots of engineers of all types for the mill.
Hands up all those engineers in Tasmania who have experience in running a pulp mill … I thought so!
Now, hands up all those who are waiting for construction trades at the moment … I thought so!
Now hands up all those who reckon Georgetown locals will be slotted into jobs in their new saviour “The pulp mill” … I thought so!
The decision to site the mill at Longreach was a business one.
Hence the decision to hire staff will also be a business one.
If you were running the show to make a profit would you hire someone with experience with pulp mills or someone because they were local and needed work … I thought so!
What about contractors?
Who is big enough in Tasmania to do the job … I thought so!
People have to wait months for tradesmen now, so what makes people think that tradesmen will come out of the woodwork now there is a pulp mill in the pipeline?
So where can you find the people with the knowledge to build and run the pulp mill?
Well for starters, the latest TV advertising shows some Europeans that will be in charge of building the mill.
And the workers?
Make no mistake, there will be workers coming in from all over the place, probably Brazil, India or Indonesia, where expertise is rife.
Still, there could be a business opportunity opening a Taco takeaway or Pappadum Café to supply the new workforce.
I’m sure there is scope there for enterprising Tasmanians.
Good Luck Tasmania.