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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


‘There is reason to celebrate the protection of our Blue Derby forests …’

Members of the community group Blue Derby Wild cautiously welcome announcements that threatened forest areas around the Flickety Sticks, Dam Busters, and Long Shadows Mountain Bike trails of Blue Derby will be ‘deleted’ from scheduled logging plans.

Tourist accomodation operator Christine Booth said on behalf of the group:

“At this stage we have only been made aware of this via a Facebook post on the evening of Tuesday, April 12 at 7pm.

“We look forward to seeing exact details of what forests have been removed from logging plans, and what level of legislated protection they have been provided. ”

“It is understood Forestry Tasmania will not finalise its new logging plans for the next three years till July of this year.”

“As a sign of good faith we hope no logging of any Blue Derby trails will commence before then, including Mutual Valley coupe CC104B.

“This announcement has the potential to herald a fresh approach from Dorset Council in working with business owners and residents, who are essential to the growth of nature-based tourism in the region.

“We are passionate about protecting the Blue Derby brand and nature based tourism in our area, which is why we have spoken out and promoted the natural values of the Blue Derby trails.

“There is reason to celebrate the protection of our Blue Derby forests and get on with advancing the opportunities that nature-based tourism has for the, often forgotten gem, that is north east Tasmania,” said Ms Booth.

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times …

STATE: Blue Derby, nature tourism revival that could be lost to logging …

*Pearl Norton is known to the Editor



  1. Pete Godfrey

    April 12, 2016 at 11:21 am

    What a great outcome, who would have thought that the Forest Industry would actually take such a novel approach as working in with other activities and industries.
    Welcome to the 23rd century.

  2. Derbytas

    April 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Forestry Tasmania might now handpick a few tame MTB reps and present them with a Fait Accompli which will then be rubber-stamped. Then they will re present a very slightly modified new set of FPPs trumpeting about how their community consultation had worked to the benefit of the “whole MTB community”.

    On the other-hand FT could open the Community liaison process to any interested persons and take on all criticism and work through all the issues until a consensus was close.

    Or FT could put up a list of buffer widths say 0-100m in 10m increments and let everyone vote…then take the peak of the bell curve as the optimum buffer width.

    I would almost bet my berm on which approach FT will take

  3. TGC

    April 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    With tourism – across numerous ‘success stories’ – booming- why is the State not able to afford to provide fully adequate health and education services?
    What does State Treasury derive from tourism- as against the undoubted benefits to a variety of small busines?

  4. Jack Lumber

    April 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    re #1 Agree wholeheartedly with you comment and the positive sentiment

    Look forward to being able to make same comment re Tasmanian Greens Party re most tourism , farming , aquaculture and yes forestry in areas where it has been identified as not HCVF and industries such as furniture manufacture , sawmilling and yes even paper-making ….that they oppose on purely philosophical grounds

  5. Andrea Dawkins MR posted by editor

    April 12, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Gutwein Should Use Derby Logging Delay to Consult Constituents

    Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass
    Tuesday, 13 April 2016

    Forestry Tasmania has advised that logging of the outer part of contentious coupe CC104B at Derby will be delayed to February 2017.*

    If nothing else, this is acknowledgement that the community were right to speak up and express their concerns.

    Concerned Derby residents now have 10 months to convince the government the coupe’s outer parts would be better left standing and contributing to mountain bike tourism.

    The Minister for Forestry, and Member for Bass, needs to use the next 10 months to hear his constituents’ concerns and seize the opportunity to stop logging around Derby permanently.

    As the Derby community makes the transition to a new and sustainable economy it is crucial that they’re supported by the government. The Liberals should be offering up policy that reflects the transition.

    Tasmanians are sick and tired of perpetually propping up the unsustainable forestry industry in Tasmania, especially when it threatens an emerging industry like active tourism.

    Tourism is the future for Derby and it’s time Minister Gutwein realised that and supported his community through that change.

    * http://www.forestrytas.com.au/news/2016/04/forestry-and-mountain-bike-tourism-can-happily-coexist

  6. TGC

    April 13, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Look, Andrea #5- doesn’t support forestry in any guise-and probably everywhere- so she is well able blithely to ignore the contribution one of the products of forestry- sawn and then processed wood- which is still the lifeblood of the building industry in most places.
    (Critics queue on the left)

  7. Derbytas

    April 13, 2016 at 4:28 am

    “Outer Parts”??? WTF is outer parts???
    It is going to take them from mid April until June 30th to clearfell the “inner parts” anyway…which is when they are obliged to stop because of the Eagle Nesting period… until Feb1 when they are allowed to start again…WTF…Well if this isn’t one of the most blatant PR spins on a Business as Usual story…and it will probably work too. God I can’t believe they are saying this. The gall of them.

  8. john hayward

    April 13, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I can remember when, in response to alarm from locals, an FT bloke came out to a community meeting and magnanimously promised there would be no more pine plantations or clearfelling on the highly visible upper and Eastern reaches of the Gog Range.

    The promise lasted until FT found it convenient to return to its scorched earth policies a few years later under compulsion from their own plans.

    Dishonesty seems their core policy.

    john Hayward

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