That the House:—
(1) Notes that:—
(a) illegal firewood collecting has resulted in the destruction of key nesting habitat at one of the most important locations for the critically endangered swift parrot in Tasmania; and
(b) since 2010, 10 out of the 18 nest trees for the swift parrot that Australian National University researchers were monitoring at Buckland have been cut down.
(2) Recognises that cases of firewood stealing from both private and public land is escalating on the east coast as well as other regions in Tasmania, including the increase in healthy trees being felled in place of taking already fallen trees.
(3) Congratulates NRM South and the Australian National University researchers for their prompt response in building and installing nest boxes at illegally cleared sites, in preparation for the migratory swift parrots’ return again in 2016.
(4) Understands the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council is facilitating a workshop for key stakeholders to better understand the scale of the thefts and their habitat impact, and the best response.
(5) Calls on:—
(a) the Government to actively participate in this workshop and ensure state-wide outcomes to stop illegal firewood harvesting are achieved; and
(b) Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Hon Matthew Groom MP to announce the Tasmanian Government’s Swift Parrot Recovery Plan, that was funded by the Commonwealth Government and due to be completed in 2013 but has still not been released.