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Bartlett the divider

Cassy O’Connor
“Unlike the Bartlett Government, Waratah-Wynyard Council is listening and responding to the concerns of the local community,” Ms O’Connor said. “The Waratah-Wynyard Council rightly welcomes the investment of $23million in the Tarkine region, but the majority of Councillors clearly believe the money would be far better, and more responsibly, invested in broader regional tourism infrastructure, brand marketing and community-building projects.” “The Forestry Tasmania loop road which the Bartlett Government so enthusiastically supports is unpopular, unnecessary and terribly divisive. I believe Bartlett the Great Divider has pulled the wrong lever this time.”

BARTLETT THE GREAT DIVIDER BACKING A F.T. LOSER IN BRADDON
In Contrast, Waratah-Wynyard Council Listens to Community Concern on Tarkine
Cassy O’Connor MP
Greens Shadow Environment, Parks and Tourism Spokesperson
Tuesday, 17 February 2009

www.tas.greens.org.au
The Tasmanian Greens today congratulated the Waratah-Wynyard Council for standing by the local community and standing up for the Tarkine in its vote against supporting the Bartlett Government’s divisive loop road proposal.

Greens Shadow Environment, Parks and Tourism spokesperson Cassy O’Connor MP said the 7-2 vote against the loop road is further proof the Bartlett Government has backed a loser in its desperate bid to shore up votes in Braddon.

“Unlike the Bartlett Government, Waratah-Wynyard Council is listening and responding to the concerns of the local community,” Ms O’Connor said.

“The Waratah-Wynyard Council rightly welcomes the investment of $23million in the Tarkine region, but the majority of Councillors clearly believe the money would be far better, and more responsibly, invested in broader regional tourism infrastructure, brand marketing and community-building projects.”

“The Forestry Tasmania loop road which the Bartlett Government so enthusiastically supports is unpopular, unnecessary and terribly divisive. I believe Bartlett the Great Divider has pulled the wrong lever this time.”

“The Greens message to David Bartlett is that it’s not too late … “

“It’s not too late to, for the first time in recent history, tell Forestry Tasmania it won’t get its way.”

“It’s not too late to put the conservation of the Tarkine wilderness and the concerns of the local community, first.”

“It’s not too late to direct the $23million into more economically responsible and sustainable, job-creating ventures on the North-West and West Coasts,” Ms O’Connor said.

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