Tasmanian Times

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

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


Sassy Sophia …

The Sassy Sophia is the vessel loading logs at Macquarie Point.

It is registered in a tax haven the Marshall Islands.

Who gets to keep the VAT Refund on export ?

Who crews the ship?

Who is selling the timber and where is it from and why is it not woodchipped which would at least provide a small benefit for Tasmania?

Macquarie/Davey takeover legislation includes new tow-away powers if you park illegally on Macquarie or Davey Street during peak hours … soon you can expect to get towed thanks to a suite of strong congestion-busting measures to be tabled in parliament this week.

The Government has a strong plan to tackle congestion in Hobart including using our legislative power to take over Davey and Macquarie Streets to improve traffic flow through our CBD.

The Roads and Jetties (Management of State Highways in Cities) Amendment Bill 2018 will enable the transfers of Davey and Macquarie Streets to become a part of the state road network, as well as sections of Wellington and Bathurst Streets that link the Midland and East Tamar Highways from the Launceston City Council to the State Government.

Once Davey and Macquarie Streets are in State Government hands, we will start investing $16 million in improvements, including the creation of clearways, bus priority lanes and other practical measures to cut travel times.

Importantly, the Bill will enable cars parked in clear ways to be towed away, just as they are in other capital cities.

Illegally parked vehicles can cause substantial traffic congestion.

Currently on State roads, while the owner of the vehicle can be fined, the illegally parked car stays where it is, continuing to block the flow of traffic.  The amendments create the power to tow away vehicles that have been parked on State roads in a location that is creating congestion or safety issues.

We want people to spend less time on the roads and more time where they want to be, which is why we went to the election promising to take decisive action to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for motorists.

The Bill will also define maintenance responsibilities for the roads and allow parking meters to be used on State highways.  This means that the current parking meter arrangements that apply on the roads will not be affected by the transfer.

The Government is in discussions with Council regarding the takeover, including the future of parking compliance, parking revenue distribution and division of maintenance responsibility.

The next step will be a substantial public consultation program and appointment of a dedicated team to drive the changes to improve traffic on the twin key city roads.

It is important to that we get the best we can out of our existing road network, and there’s lots of improvements we can make.

This takeover, dovetails with our other congestion busting measures including our plan for a 5th lane on the Southern Outlet and our $1 million investment in traffic signal optimisation across the network  which has made Macquarie and Davey traffic lights more synchronised during peaks, assisting traffic flow.

Our plans to ease congestion don’t stop with Davey and Macquarie Streets with our South East Traffic Solution already underway.

Work on the first phase of the Hobart Airport Roundabout Project is to begin soon, planning to improve the Midway Point intersection is well underway and more frequent bus services to the South East will begin in early 2019.

Taking over control of Macquarie and Davey streets is a key part of our plan to fix Hobart’s traffic congestion problem.

We have listened to the concerns of commuters, done the homework and are now acting to preserve the liveability of Australia’s most beautiful and liveable capital city.

This legislation is more confirmation that we are delivering on our long term plan to improve the lives of Tasmanians and we look forward to the Bill’s passage through parliament.

I attach photographs of log trucks and the loading, in part, of at least half a million tons of plantation timber already at Macquarie Point onto a ship bound for foreign climes.

This wood comes down Macquarie Street and across Davey Street into Macquarie Point.

Once we get rid of this once favoured and protected Abetz  MIS scam plantation timber – which has cost investors over 4 billion dollars – then it is back into the Tasmanian Old Growth Forests.

At this point the Government will need to control the principal access roads through Hobart to Macquarie Point, namely Macquarie and Davey Streets.

This legislation will stuff any protesters and the city and its people will be disadvantaged … as usual in support of the Maaaaaaaaaaates.

Rockcliff’s clever little plan which will have slipped through under the radar has nothing to do with tow-away powers … but a lot to do with woodchips and logging.

All this poses the question: Why despite $50 million of Federal money has the most exciting development site in Australia gone nowhere over the past 5 years?

Whose pockets are being lined, in this, your corrupt Tasmania?

*John Hawkins was born and educated in England. He has lived in Tasmania for 13 years. He is the author of “Australian Silver 1800–1900” and “Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking” and “The Hawkins Zoomorphic Collection” as well as “The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold” and nearly 100 articles on the Australian Decorative Arts. He is a Past President and Life Member of The Australian Art & Antique Dealers Association. John has lived in Australia for 50 years and is 75 this year. In two of the world’s longest endurance marathons and in the only teams to ever complete these two events, he drove his four-in-hand team from Melbourne to Sydney in 1985 and from Sydney to Brisbane in 1988.

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  1. Frank Strie - Terra Preta Developments

    December 18, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Tony Juniper (WWF) “Urgent Action to Restore the Web of Life”
    Published on Dec 16, 2018

    Tony Juniper, co-author with Prince Charles, joins us to discuss the threat of our destructive model of economic development upon the web of life itself. The outcome will not just be a dramatic loss of species, but the probable extinction of Homo sapiens (us) among them.


    Restorative Forest Management and Restorative Agriculture is the responsible pathway. The photos above are nothing like that.

    • Ted Mead

      December 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Frank, that video is compelling that if we don’t change our ways then we, and all other life forms on this planet, are in dire straits.

      Given humans’ inability to change, or want to change, then my view is that life on earth by 2050 will be marginal and uninspiring.

      I feel sad for the future generation, and even sadder for the loss of biodiversity on the planet.

  2. Rob Halton

    December 18, 2018 at 3:20 am

    I am led to believe that the influx of HWP logs are from privately owned plantation thinnings. I am not aware of any other details apart from the fact these logs would not have a use on the local market as they are far to small and immature for reliable sawing and subsequent processing.

    MJF might be able to throw more light on the subject. I am aware STT has no involvement with the sale.

  3. Mike Eric Seabrook

    December 16, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    don’t forget the freight subsidies for non tasmanian processed logs handouts paid for by the federal government,, who is paying council rates, road maintenance costs etc. and of course the charges for the diesel etc. emissions.

    re the davey street- southern outlet northbound car park what is needed is additional accesses to the southern outlet between davey st and mount nelson for emergency vehicle and other purposes and with traffic increasing at est. 2% per year another access from molle st (extension of collins st) to anglesea st for when incidents happen on macquarie and davey streets to access anglesea st and southern macquarie st. who is assessing priorities?

  4. john Hawkins

    December 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    “The title over Macquarie Point is held by the Crown and is expected to be transferred to the Macquarie Point Corporation during the 2019 financial year.”

    This from the 2018 Annual Report.

    This report makes amazing reading and will be the subject of an article on Tasmanian Times in the near future. All thoughts will be gratefully received from the erudite readership of TT.

    This report appears to show that the use of the port facilities to load the logs apparently comes free!

    How can this be?

    Mr Barnett, as the Minister, will you please comment?

    Am I right, or am I wrong?

  5. Chris

    December 15, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Yeah but, “A major problem will soon rear its ugly head, being that the current crony mate of Eric Abetz, Guy Barnett, is now Tasmania’s minister for DPIPWE portfolio.”
    Nothing changes The Grinner and the Ticket Wrangler at all, with or without Wee Willies wackiest waddling weligion.

    Wait until the Solar Scam hits in seventeen days .. and another major theft is revealed !

  6. Stephan Mair

    December 14, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Looks like your PR managers have to put in more effort to explain to the tourists that the “Wild, untouched Tasmania” still exists.

    Steve from Italy .. and still in love with Tasmania!

  7. William Boeder

    December 14, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    John Hawkins, in reply to the sale of whole logs from our shores I have enclosed below the URL to a scrutiny review of STT among a number of other of Tasmania’s GBE’s.

    (Reading from page 5 of this above-referenced scrutiny report will touch upon the improperly responded matters relating to the export of Tasmanian whole logs.)

    [extract from the pdf report]
    The foundation for a successful 2017-18 was the completion of the forestry rights sale of 29 000 hectares of hardwood plantations to Reliance Forest Fibre. The proceeds from the sale have enabled us to retire all our debt and build a stronger balance sheet and cash position. This was a great outcome for Tasmania, attracting a globally recognised forest management of the Tasmanian forest industry. Our financial position was also strengthened with the savings achieved through restructuring the business, rental savings and reduced pension payments to previous employees. [End of extract.]

    There are a number of references in the above URL relating to the sale of the plantation assets (29,000 hectares.) By opening the above link the 2nd page in begins with the scrutiny of STT which also returns to the Forestry Tasmania era relating to their presumed ownership of plantation forest assets, and plantation forests on public land. Well worth a read, I have already read this same seeking to find how Forestry Tasmania/STT could ‘legitimately’ sell those assets belonging to MIS investors, that many were at times allocated to establishing plantation forests that were grown on public land.
    As best as I can describe it, when PPB Advisory was acting for Korda Mentha (Insolvency Receivers for Gunns Ltd and Gunns Plantations Limited) Forestry Tasmania had at that prior time, withheld the GPL woodlots amounting to 29,000 hectares from the receivers, F/T claiming rental bond or the accumulated arrears or some mystery purpose.
    Effectively their action (F/T/STT) which was orchestrated by the hands of this State government, was to remove the Forestry Rights of the MIS investors in one ‘dubious’ or quasi-legal swoop.
    I now return to the export sale of whole logs.
    The prospectus issued by Gunns Ltd for their subsidiary Gunns Plantations Limited.

    Photo number 3 accompanying your artice suggests that native timber logs are held among the export destined log piles. This fact alone is quite contrary to the claims by the new resources minister (Sarah Courtney MP) in her response to questions raised during this scrutiny review.
    For reasons unknown their seems to be a barrier set into place between DPIPWE Secretary John Whittington and Ms Sarah Courtney, perhaps resulting from the media announced the personal relationship established between each and the other.
    A major problem will soon rear its ugly head, being that the current crony mate of Eric Abetz, Guy Barnett, is now Tasmania’s minister for DPIPWE portfolio.
    I would like to suggest that the appointment of Guy Barnett is another backward step synonymous to the Hodgman Liberal party attempt to provide any form of identifiable fidelity in their governing the State of Tasmania.

    To track all the details of the former ANSAC GRACE now SASSY SOPHIA requires a 12 months subscription up front to a transglobal vessel tracking and mapping service, approx cost $400-00.
    I have seen the facility of this transglobal tracking service in how effective it is, also that it can offer other facilities and services above and beyond Google Earth Pro. (Tracking Sassy Sophia.)

  8. Pete Godfrey

    December 14, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    We are still stuck in the Colonial mining mentality. Australia still sees itself as a place to be plundered for resources.
    As long as we have the view that we are not worth anything, unless it is dug up or cut down, we will never grow as a society.

    • Mike Seabrook

      December 17, 2018 at 9:39 am

      did not the malaysian interests eg. taa ann lose their protector with the malaysian government being purged

  9. Claire Gilmour

    December 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    It’s like looking at a 3rd world country logging supplies. Plantation e-nitens are not worth the land/farms/forests/water catchments/rare and endangered species they destroy. No wonder they are being gifted away. Apparently it’s fish and chips supplied from Hobart … all fake! That is not real wild Tasmania. The government could be sued for selling Tasmania – the whole state – in a way to tourists which is untrue ! But hey, when can a government be called honest when they don’t have a decent integrity commission to ensure their politicians aren’t liars!?

  10. Ted Mead

    December 14, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Business as usual in Fools’ Paradise !

  11. Nigel Crisp

    December 14, 2018 at 9:51 am

    John Hawkins … I note that the Marshall Islands Maritime and Corporate Registries has an information request form at:

    Your investigations probably have unearthed this already, but even knowing the Company name of the Sassy Sofia’s owners might be a small advance.

    Thank you for posting this story, John. As you suggest .. it stinks to high heaven.

  12. Russell

    December 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Your taxes and resources being given away to who knows who?

    What a waste of a precious and valuable resource, one which should be left in the ground combating Climate Change.

    Let’s see if Federal Labor’s ICAC will have the teeth to investigate scams like this. Morrison’s flagged ‘integrity commission’ sounds like a copy of the dud Tasmanian one.

    • Chris

      December 17, 2018 at 7:35 am

      “Let’s see if Federal Labor’s ICAC will have the teeth to investigate scams like this. Morrison’s flagged ‘integrity commission’ sounds like a copy of the dud Tasmanian one.”
      The Grinning Fool in a baseball cap is getting on with the job!

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