Dr ALISON BLEANEY
Preamble to GOOD NEIGHBOUR CHARTER TASMANIA 2008
This Charter has been developed by Tasmanian forestry companies in consultation with local government, regional authorities, farming and tourism groups.
The Charter explains how we will communicate with our neighbours.
We seek to engage our neighbours in constructive and cooperative dialogue based on mutual trust and respect.
Commercial forestry is the harvesting and establishment of native forest and plantations. This may include the construction of roads and quarry operations.
All of our operations will meet or exceed the requirements of the Forest Practices Act and all other relevant legislation and state policies. The Forest Practices Code is administered by the Forest Practices Authority.
What you can expect from us?
We will ensure active, ongoing and timely communications with neighbouring landowners by:
• Informing the neighbours and key stakeholders of planned forest operations.
• Transparently explaining the detail of the Forest Practices Plan with interested neighbours following a reasonable request and with suitable notice. For legal reasons, information that may be commercial in confidence may not be disclosed.
• Consulting with neighbours and responding appropriately on issues of concern.
• Providing access to local field staff and managers of forest operations.
We encourage neighbours to communicate directly with field staff to obtain information, discuss concerns and work to resolve issues in a timely manner.