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Forestry Tasmania Annual Report

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 29 October 2015

Tags: Forestry Tasmania, TasNetworks

That the House:—

(1) Notes that Forestry Tasmania has delivered its 2014-15 Annual Report.

(2) Acknowledges that the failed Government Business Enterprise is still receiving significant public subsidies, including a $14M taxpayer funded contribution from the State and a $30 million equity injection from TasNetworks, which enabled the GBE to claim it is ‘effectively debt free'.

(3) Recognises that:—

            (a) over recent decades, Forestry Tasmania has overseen landscape scale environmental destruction, with impacts on biodiversity, water quality

            and community cohesion, at massive public expense; and

            (b) the positive signs in the Annual Report are as a result of job losses and the growth in the plantation sector, not in native forests which will

            never be profitable for the GBE.

(4) Agrees that given the history and the fact that Forestry Tasmania is still logging in high conservation value forests and threatened species habitat, it will rightly face an uphill battle to achieve Forest Stewardship Certification.