Tasmanian Times


Pulp mill dead, say opponents

Nick Clark, Geoff Easdown Mercury

THE pulp mill project was declared “dead” yesterday as leading opponents turned up the heat on Gunns Limited. Leading Australian business figure Geoffrey Cousins, an outspoken mill critic, launched a scathing response after Gunns this week pushed the start of the project out to March, well beyond deadlines set by the federal and Tasmanian governments. And Premier David Bartlett said Tasmanians deserved to know by Christmas whether or not the project was going ahead. Mr Bartlett said the Government would not extend the sovereign risk agreement with Gunns past November 30 and financial support for the project would cease on that date. Mr Cousins said the controversial project was doomed. Read more here

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  1. David Leigh

    August 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    It always amazes me how the business community on Mainland Australia is one jump ahead of the Tasmanian State Government. They can smell a dead project and place it at arm’s length, while our government ministers still carry the vague hope that tomorrow, the sun will shine and everything will be better again. They should also know that fairies play at the bottom of the garden and if they make a wish, a pulp mill will grow in the Tamar Valley. It will have the biggest chimney, to carry away all the nasty fumes and we will all play happily ever after, in the green wood… Probably not a good word ‘green’ on reflection.

  2. Dismord

    August 30, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    The pulp mill dead? Maybe, but the Chinese will be sniffing around the corpse, don’t you worry about that.

  3. emily

    August 29, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    This innocuous comment of mine was censored by the Mercury…….Forestry dictating to the Government and the Greens acting as the opposition. Business as usual in Tassie

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