Frank Nicklason

That a staggering area of Tasmania’s N-E has already been converted would be readily be appreciated if the Legislative Councillors took a (cheap) flight across this area.

THERE has been much debate in the Tasmanian press recently about the usefulness of international fact finding expeditions in relation to the Gunns pulpmill proposal.

I have a suggestion which would save much taxpayer money and would be highly relevant.

The impacts of a world scale pulpmill at Longreach will be felt chiefly in two regions: the Tamar Valley (and Bass Strait) and the North-East of Tasmania, where the majority of the wood will be sourced.

In order that there is a secure longterm wood supply Gunns Limited have indicated their intention to continue converting native forests and agricultural land in the N-E to pulpwood plantation.

That a staggering area of Tasmania’s N-E has already been converted would be readily be appreciated if the Legislative Councillors took a (cheap) flight across this area.

Arrangements could easily be made to meet with St Helens GP Dr Alison Bleaney to discuss the audit she has recently completed on chemical contamination of water from agriforestry activities.

On return to Hobart it should be possible to organise a briefing session with geohydrologist Dr David Leaman to discuss his research into the catchment issues related to such industrial scale plantation development.

Dr Frank Nicklason

West Hobart