THE next time you hear soothing Government/Forestry Tasmania reassurances that “We only use regrowth timber”, take a good hard look at these 2 rather grainy photos. I took them from a car on Tasmania’s Huon Highway near Kingston late last year.
They show the upper parts of “single riders”, a name for trees that are so massive that only one can fit on a logtruck at a time.
The truly enormous lower trunks were carried on another tray at the front of the trucks as they thundered to the woodchip mill.
(Forestry Tasmania’s own figures show that close to 84% of forests logged in Tasmania are woodchipped, for which the State is eventually paid an utter pittance in royalties).
These trees would have been alive around the start of European settlement, and are called “regrowth” by Forestry and Government spin.
So, a picture truly debunks a thousand puke-worthy Government weasel words and clever definitions.
Neil Cremasco is a “student doctor who qualifies later this year” and member of the Huon Environment Centre