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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Forestry

Tasmania’s Special Timber Industry to be gutted if TFA proceeds without amendment

The Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance (TSTA) welcomes the release of
the Legislative Council Report on the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Bill
2012.

“TSTA has strongly argued that the Special Timbers (ST) sector had not
been adequately represented in the IGA/IVG process and that little, if any
of the required verification work had been completed on ST supply by the
signatories. This report unfortunately confirms what we have been saying
about TFA process all along.” TSTA President Andrew Denman advised
today.

The IGA had guaranteed 12,500 cubic metres of ST per annum subject to
verification. The Select Committee heard evidence that the actual figure is
now at 9000 cubic metres of which 7400 cubic metres is blackwood, 500
for huon pine and the remainder to be shared amongst 4-5 other species.

This figure was reduced from the “guaranteed” 12,500 cubic metres
arbitrarily, without any verification of industry requirements despite
evidence being provided to the IVG showing actual demand had averaged
just under 17,000 cubic metres per annum.

“The question really must be asked why the verification work on specialty
timbers has not been carried out before setting reserve sizes.”

It was also heard in evidence that much of the specialty timber and craft
zone set aside under the TFA does not in fact contain any appreciable
quantity of ST and certainly not enough to support existing industry
participants.

“It is obvious, from expert evidence, that there is not enough ST in the
proposed reserves to supply industry. The supply figures keep changing
and a getting a straight answer on what will be available is impossible. If
the TFA reserves are allowed to be formalised without amendment it will
completely decimate the ST value adding sector in Tasmania.”

“In light of this evidence, I call on the signatories to publicly release their
modelling, data and impact study used to determine the size and location
of the areas set aside for special timber production. There is little sense
in Minister Burke throwing $3 million dollars into a special timbers study if
there will be none to harvest.”

“TSTA implores the Legislative Council to support amendments to the bill
that ensures the future of one of Tasmania’s flagship industry sectors.”
Andrew Denman, President The Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance (TSTA)

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