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Clearfelling Parliament’s trees

John Hawkins

It is my intention under a Forestry Agreement exempt Freedom of Information to clearfell the trees surrounding Government House and the Botanical Gardens, Hobart. Despite these two timber reserves being in places listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, the Heritage Council will not object as forestry practices are exempt from the Tasmanian Heritage Act.

Thursday, May 03, 2007
The Editor
Launceston Examiner

Dear Sir,

John Howard’s Federal Liberal Government has allocated $3.6 million to protect old growth forest on the Mole Creek Karst through the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. The Meander Valley Council is now in the Tasmanian Supreme Court over both process and perceived bias in permitting clearfelling followed by plantations alongside the Mole Creek in this a Heritage Listed Karst Landscape.

The Tasmanian Heritage Council, an Independent Statutory Body, seemingly controlled by Heritage Tasmania’s senior bureaucrat, Scott Gadd, is committed to continuing the exemption of forestry from Heritage Legislation. This has precluded the declaration of a Cultural Heritage Landscape in the Mole Creek Valley.

It is through this bureaucratic maze, created by the Tasmanian Logging Industry that ordinary citizens have to navigate. I aim to prevent the Mole Creek Karst on the Great Western Tiers from being stripped through the exercise of Private Timber Reserves, a political creation unique to Tasmania which places Forestry outside the control of Local Government. I wish to make Forestry subject to Heritage Legislation and no longer exempt from Freedom of Information, both exceptions lead to corruption.

Liberal and Labor are tainted by political corruption, which facilitates this pro-logging culture for the benefit of a minority. The majority can see a greater future in spin offs from those attracted by the Tasmanian landscape to this the thinking man’s Queensland.

May I request through your columns, that anybody who can supply information regarding the activities of Federal, State or Local Governments that would facilitate a Royal Commission into the Tasmanian Forestry Industry contact me on jhawkins@acenet.com.au.

John Hawkins
‘Bentley’
Mole Creek Road
Chudleigh 7304

And,

PUBLIC NOTICE FROM JOHN HAWKINS RESIDENT OF THE PARISH OF CHUDLEIGH TASMANIA

It is my intention under a Forestry Agreement exempt Freedom of Information to clear fell the trees surrounding Government House and the Botanical Gardens, Hobart. Despite these two timber reserves being in places listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, the Heritage Council will not object as forestry practices are exempt from the Tasmanian Heritage Act.

I understand, that due to the lack of staff, it is a requirement of the Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority that I have to self regulate my activities. So I acknowledge that I am required to give 30 days notice of the commencement of clear felling and that only neighbours within 100 metres and the State Government can object. However, I am expecting, in fact I demand, full support from both political parties in the pro-forestry State Parliament. If I do not receive their support I will apply to have the area declared a Designated Private Timber Reserve, this legislation, unique to Tasmania, exempts forestry from all Government controls and keeps the public from protesting.

My Forest Practices Plan will state that no threatened species or water catchments will be affected. On completion of my self regulated timber management plan, as is standard forestry practice, I will bait with 1080 and spray with Atrazene. To maximise my profit I will subdivide Government House from its curtilidge, prior to replanting under a tax driven Managed Investment Scheme, the non native hybrid, the beautiful and quick growing Eucalyptus Nitens.

Is anyone interested in high quality English Oak hardwood woodchips at $15 a tonne?

John Hawkins
‘Bentley’
Mole Creek Road
Chudleigh 7304

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Gerry Mander

    May 24, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Under the new draft PAL Act, human habitation is seen to be ‘fettering’ agriculture, and is ‘Sensitive’, although it could be argued that Parliament building is not inhabited by humans.

    There is a clause in the Act that says that agricultural land needs a 200 metre buffer surrounding it, on your neighbours land, so in fact, after you have clearfelled, you could plant an official ‘crop’ of e.nitens, which under the act is ‘Permissible’ and needs no planning permission, and then insist that the adjoining building be demolished.

    It may appear to be a (stupid) ass, but it is the Law!

    Please do us all a favour.

  2. Brenda Rosser

    May 22, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    John Hawkins claims: “I am required to give 30 days notice of the commencement of clear felling and that only neighbours within 100 metres and the State Government can object…”

    Nonsense! As a neighbour of a Forest Enterprises Coupe that is approximately 40 metres away from our house I can assure you that there is no ‘requirement’ to provide notice nor to provide copies of Forest Practices Plans to neighbours.

    We woke up to the sound of the clearfelling 20 metres away. As for repeated requests for a copy of the Forest Practices Plan/’Timber Harvesting Plan’/Fire Management Plan. Well, repeated requests to the corporation, to the Forest Practices Board and new ‘Authority’ and to the Ombudsman have resulted in zilch. This is 10 years after the declaration of the ‘private timber reserve’.

    There were no penalties for repeated and ONGOING breaches of the FPC next door, no responses to petitions signed by all members of our local community.

    No action by DPIW, DHHS when several drinking water tanks here were found to be contaminated with Simazine by drift of at least 4 kilometres. Levels above the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. No worries. Just ignore those as well.

    Long story.

  3. Dave Groves

    May 22, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Nice coupe John.
    What are you going to do about those whining “Greens”?
    Slip a few into the chipper under cloak of darkness perhaps?
    The Oak is no good to me, but if you doze it in a big pile I will have it napalmed…..perhaps put it close to Parliament House and we could kill two birds with one stone

  4. phill Parsons

    May 22, 2007 at 11:29 am

    I suggest that the Macquarie Island plant collection housed at the Botanic Gardens, due to the endangerement of the flora in the wild, be one are that you exclude from your plan.

    I hope you will give this request the usual consideration.

  5. Charles and Claire Gilmour

    May 22, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful! And don’t forget Entally House grounds! Could you also put some gates up so the endangered greedy sods can’t get out when you spray the poisons and do the burn? Believe we could scrap together a bit of info. Good luck in getting article in the Examiner though.

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