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Invest in Maintaining State's Reputation

Kim Booth

Kim Booth  -  Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tags: takayna / Tarkine

Instead of gloating the Premier, Will Hodgman, should be investing in maintaining Tasmania’s fantastic rating by the Lonely Planet Guide as fourth best place in the globe to visit, by immediately calling a halt to mad proposal to export woodchips from Macquarie Wharf and protecting key iconic drawcards such as the Tarkine, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

“The many Tasmanians who campaigned long and hard over decades to establish a genuine clean, green and clever brand to promote our beautiful island state nationally and internationally should be taking immense pride in this latest vindication of the Lonely Planet Guide’s rating,” Mr Booth said.

“Instead many will be offended at the glib statements of Premier Hodgman attempting to take credit for this hard-earned recognition, when it is his Liberal government’s policies which will damage and undermine this rating.”

“Does Will Hodgman genuinely believe that people will continue to repeat visit, or promote Tasmania to others, once they are again confronted with 1080 poisoned wildlife, exposed to open cut mines in the Tarkine, dodging log trucks on the roads, and seeing unique native forests being shipped out of Hobart as woodchips?”

“The fact that Tasmania has achieved a rating of fourth place globally reflects that globally people appreciate all that is natural, wild and unique about our island state.”

“We have achieved this rating without turning our National Parks and World Heritage areas into ‘mini-disneyworlds’ that only the wealthy can access, as threatened by Will Hodgman, and instead by protecting and leveraging our unique environmental, cultural and heritage assets.”

“Mr Hodgman needs to heed this message closely.  The Premier needs to invest in protecting Tasmania’s hard-earned global reputation, by putting an end to the madness of exporting woodchips from our capital city’s wharf, protecting our wild drawcards such as the Tarkine, and cease undermining investments such as Spring Bay Mill which seek to leverage Tasmania’s natural assets rather than just exploit them for their own gain,” Mr Booth said.