Media Release

Forestry Tasmania has proposed that private discussions occur behind closed doors.

“We welcome and will participate in private dialogue with any industry stakeholder, but the Tasmanian public own the forests and they deserve the opportunity to be part of the conversation and offer their ideas as to a path forward,” continued Mr Bayley.

“The Tasmania Together process spectacularly failed and let down Tasmanians who were involved in developing good environmental outcomes that were never delivered. What we don’t want now is outcomes that are developed behind closed doors that the community doesn’t own or support.”
MEDIA RELEASE – Thursday 29th January 2009

FORESTRY TAS REFUSE TO ENGAGE IN COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Premier Bartlett still invited and should attend

The Wilderness Society today expressed its disappointment at Forestry Tasmania’s refusal to engage in a community event that is designed to inform the public and stimulate ideas about a solution to the forest debate in Tasmania. It is hoped Premier Bartlett will still choose to participate as he has a critical role to play in any forest solution.

The event, planned for Westerway to maximise engagement with a regional timber community, will proceed despite Forestry’s unwillingness to participate and will still endeavour to explore community suggestions for a forest solution.

“This event offered Forestry Tasmania equal access to presentation time and space and was proposed to be moderated by a mutually agreed facilitator, giving a balanced opportunity for community engagement,” said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society.

“The Community Conversations could be the first step in the journey towards a forest solution, it is critical the community is involved. Premier Bartlett also has a key role to play and the invitation still stands for him to attend to explain his Government’s forest policy.”

Forestry Tasmania has proposed that private discussions occur behind closed doors.

“We welcome and will participate in private dialogue with any industry stakeholder, but the Tasmanian public own the forests and they deserve the opportunity to be part of the conversation and offer their ideas as to a path forward,” continued Mr Bayley.

“The Tasmania Together process spectacularly failed and let down Tasmanians who were involved in developing good environmental outcomes that were never delivered. What we don’t want now is outcomes that are developed behind closed doors that the community doesn’t own or support.”

“Forestry Tasmania’s refusal to participate is particularly disappointing from a community perspective. The industry is quick to condemn community protest over contentious logging in oldgrowth areas, yet it refuses to face the community and answer concerns over the impacts of that logging,” concluded Mr Bayley.

Community Conversations will be held in Westerway (5th Feb-7 pm), New Norfolk (10th Feb-7pm) and Hobart (12th Feb-12.30 pm). Industry stakeholders have been invited to each forum.