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TAS Country : March 10th 2011
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 11, 2011 TFGA www.tfga.com.au Peace brokers must deliver surety TFGA matters with Jan Davis We told Mr Kelty that you cannot eliminate native forest harvesting on public land and expect that it will not have any effect on both the supply and demand sides of the market for Tasmanian sawlogs and pulp logs. ' TASMANIAN farmers, wearing their other hats as private foresters, this week put their case to forestry facilitator Bill Kelty, the former secretary of the ACTU charged with the responsibility of trying to broker a final peace deal between the signatories to the Statement of Principles. ''The Great Conciliator'' might be a better title for Mr Kelty, but one George Augustus Robinson had that honour in Van Diemen's Land about 150 years ago between the parties he was trying to bring together: settlers and Aborigines. The one-line summary of our case to Mr Kelty might read: ''We were not brought into the settlement talks. Native forests on private land are not subject to the Statement of Principles' controls, but don't underestimate the flow-on effects we will suffer.'' We told Mr Kelty that you cannot eliminate native forest harvesting on public land and expect that it will not have any effect on both the supply and demand sides of the market for Tasmanian sawlogs and pulp logs. We have to have critical mass on both sides of the equation or there is no market. Therefore, we have told him that the parameters under which further discussions might proceed would have to include the following considerations: There has to be a sufficient volume of timber available from state-owned native forests to ensure maintenance of a critical mass for processing and markets. You cannot close down half the shop and expect it to trade profitably. Any agreement that he brokers must deliver long-term certainty to the Tasmanian forest and timber industry so that farmers and private foresters, in our case, can get on with business without the goal posts being continually moved. Like every other Tasmanian, we are tired of the lobbying, protesting, position-changing and indecision this issue generates. Our position is quite simple -- as owners of private forest assets we must retain the right to use those assets for a full range of commercial outcomes in line with normal commercial practice. We must be able to optimise our investment in forests while managing them sustainably. If there is to be any alienation of our private asset rights then there must also be fair and equitable market compensation. In other words, the economic cost for interference has to be paid. Where restrictions are placed on public land use, consideration must be given to the effect that those controls may have on neighbouring private land. Sufficient resources must be provided to enable Tasmania to commit to maintaining a good neighbour policy for all land placed in reserve to minimise the impact on neighbouring properties. Finally, we say that any decision with respect to further locking up of state-owned forest assets must be made on a triple bottom line basis -- social, economic and environmental -- and must take full account of the likely impacts on Tasmanian regional communities. Professional fencers use Waratah tools and accessories because they make their job easier. That s because our high quality tools and accessories have been designed to work seamlessly with Longlife Blue wire and GalStar steel posts, which means building and maintaining a fence is simpler, faster and safer than you ever thought possible. To see the wide range of Waratah tools and accessories you can use on your next fencing job, phone 13 10 8 0 or visit our website. www.onesteelwaratah.com.au PROFESSIONAL FENCERS USE WARATAH TOOLS. Use round Ezypipe or angled Ezyslot posts with Adjusta-stay The easy, air driven way to install GalStar posts The easy, manual way to drive GalStar posts Safely spin wire without tangling or over-running The fastest way to secure clips to wire fences Strain wire quickly & correctly with the Wedgelock clamp & Wizard wire strainer Eliminate knot tying on round strainer posts The correct way to secure wire to posts Strainer assemblies Thumpa pneumatic post driver GalStar 80NB post driver Three-way wire spinner Ringmaster gun & Longlife Blue clips Wire straining Gripple T-clips GalStar post clips Registered trademark of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited, Ingall Street, Mayfield, NSW 2304. ABN 59 000 010 873. ONE1421/TC
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