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