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TAS Country : September 30th 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010 Tasmanian Country 13 Your Say email@example.com Say no to forest harvest ban IT is my intention to give notice of a motion to sup- port the ongoing active management of our public native forests when the Legislative Council returns this week. I am vehemently against moves being considered to ban the harvesting of native forests in Tasmania. I hope that the debate on my motion will allow us to focus on what can be ac- hieved, given that a native forest estate right here in Tasmania is the first in Australia to achieve FSC certification, and help in- ject some common sense into this debate. Our public forests pro- vide a sustainable foun- dation for new industries that can flourish in a car- bon constrained world. Yes, more work needs to be done so that Tasmania can have a truly shared vision across our com- munity of a sustainable public forest industry, however given that our private forest industry ticks the boxes of the for- estry critics, it is without doubt an attainable goal. I hope majority of the Legislative Council will consider supporting my motion and that this will send a strong signal to stakeholders finalising dis- cussions about the forestry industry in Tasmania, not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Active management of our public native forests can deliver a truly sustain- able industry that all our community could be proud of and reminds thinking Tasmanians that these in- clude: Enhancing biodiver- sity in our forests. Maximising the cap- ture of carbon. Assisting fire manage- ment strategies. Keeping jobs in re- gional Tasmania. Providing worthwhile career paths across a wide spectrum of endeavours. Supporting a renew- able and sustainable indus- try that Tasmanians have a global advantage in and excel at. Providing a sustain- able foundation for new industries that can flour- ish in a carbon constrained world. I cannot in good con- science sit by as our state is apparently hurtling toward a forestry outcome that would be devastating for future generations. To ban a native forest industry would be absolute madness and I urge others to speak out against it, so that common sense pre- vails in any soon-to-be- announced forestry out- come. GREG HALL MLC Western Tiers Education opportunities fall short CAN someone please explain why it is that the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority no longer offers Tasmanian year 11 and 12 TCE students a subject covering agriculture for 2011? The closest thing is Environmental Science which does not cover the specifics or applications of agriculture. This year agricultural science was offered in the form of Applied Science --- Tasmanian Natural Resources while in previous years it was known as Science of Natural Resources. The failure to provide students with an opportunity for a career in agriculture is not consistent with the State Government's aim to make the state ''the nation's foodbowl'' as announced by the Premier David Bartlett in March 2009. Mr Bartlett's vision included the claim that: ''We can create a continuum of food excellence that runs from the seedlings in the paddock right through to the tables of Australia's finest restaurants and beyond.'' If we want to retain young Tasmanians for a career in their state's future then we must provide them with the means to do so. ALASTAIR CAMERON Cressy The AJF provides rewards of up to $30,000 for information that leads to a successful prosecution or signi cant animal welfare outcome as judged by the AJF. ADVERTISEMENT Have you witnessed animal cruelty in your workplace? The Animal Justice Fund would like to hear from you. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org TO PROVIDE INFORMATION: or call: 0457 448 419 www.AnimalJusticeFund.org TRIGUARD is a trademark of Merial Limited. TRITON is a registered trademark of Argenta Manufacturing Limited. 2010 Merial Limited. TRIG-10-002 www.merial.com.au Protect your sheep with new triple-active TRIGUARD. Boasting the potent power of abamectin and a stable formulation, TRIGUARD provides reliable broad-spectrum protection, fights resistance and comes from the makers of another proven performer -- TRITON. Ask your rural supplier about the advantages of new TRIGUARD today. Every sheep, every dose, every time
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