The Minister for Resources, Paul Harriss, today announced that the Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council, Sue Smith, has tendered her resignation from the position.

“I want to publicly thank the Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council of Forestry, Sue Smith, for her hard work over the past eight months to get the Council up and running”, Mr Harriss said.

“Sue’s experience and leadership in the formative stages has been fundamental to the establishment and operation of the Council.

“However, Mrs Smith has advised me that she believes her public position on forestry issues has become detrimental to the Council’s work, and has therefore submitted her resignation.

“I have spoken to Sue and accepted her resignation with genuine regret, and a sincere expression of thanks for her very significant contribution to the Council’s formative stages.

Mrs Smith said:

“I want to emphasise that my reason for resigning is to give clear air to the members to progress the Council’s work.

“Unfortunately my private views and recent public comments about Forestry Tasmania have proved a distraction to the important work of the Council.

“I wish the Council and the Government all the best in their important work in rebuilding the forest industry in Tasmania.”

Mr Harriss concluded:

“I have worked with Mrs Smith for the best part of 20 years and her decision is consistent with her commitment to the public interest ahead of any personal consideration.”

The Government will consider a new Deputy Chair for the MAC in due course.
Paul Harriss, Minister for Resources