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TAS Country : March 10th 2011
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 11, 2011 YOUR SAY email@example.com Let Kelty settle tree issue We call on politicians to give the Kelty process a fair go and let it run its course.' Bill Kelty THE forest industry needs calm among signatories to the Tasmanian Principles agreement while Premier Lara Giddings and Minister Bryan Green allow the process being overseen by Bill Kelty to run its course. The National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) and Forest Industries Association of Tas- mania (FIAT) are disappointed that environmental groups are now pushing their call for a moratorium on logging in 600,000ha of native forests by 15 March 2011 outside the Kelty process. Industry groups entered into the agreement in good faith, on the clear understanding that the mora- torium and maintaining wood supply to industry were inextricably linked. It has always been very clear that the Statement of Principles contains a number of aspirational targets and conflicting principles. It has been for this reason that Mr Kelty was appointed. We call for the negotiations by media to cease and for the environmental groups to return to the table and to get on with the job. I urge all signatories to reserve further public comment on the moratorium. We call on politicians to give the Kelty process a fair go and let it run its course. The agreement very clearly states that no principle can be applied that would require any party to breach any contractual or statutory obligation, including Forestry Tasmania. It is clear that any move to implement the 600,000ha moratorium at this time will lead to a situation where Forestry Tasmania will be required to breach its contracts to FIAT members and other processors for wood supply to sawmills and veneer mills and for harvest and haulage contractors. FIAT agreed to sign the statement following a guarantee from the Tasmanian Government that wood supply to other processors would be protected through long-term secure contracts. The calls by Mr McKim and the environmental groups now raise the very sovereign risk issues we endeavoured to avoid. To implement the moratorium without also secur- ing industry resource needs, also promised by the agreement, would see sawmills and veneer mills in Tasmania close immediately, costing thousands of jobs immediately. TERRY EDWARDS chief executive officer Forest Industries Association of Tasmania Minister's bio-imperative THE Minister for Primary Industries Bryan Green must stop turning a blind eye to the risks posed to Tasmanian biosecurity issues and support the proposed parliamentary committee on biosecurity. The committee will provide much needed focus and ultimately prevent situations that have the potential to damage much of Tasmania's primary industries, jobs and local economies. Mr Green has been repeatedly accused of failing to implement proper biosecurity protocols for a whole range of primary industries. Given recent outbreaks surrounding AVG and fruit fly, the proposal to establish a committee is timely. Promoting stronger biosecurity for Tasmania's primary industries is of key importance to ensuring a healthy and prosperous range of primary industries which in turn supports Tasmanian jobs and the economy.Kim Booth MP Tasmanian Greens Primary Industries spokesman Eddystone switch dim-witted LIGHTHOUSES of Australia Incorporated disap- proves of the recent downgrading of the light at Eddystone Point by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The powerful first order main light has been turned off and replaced with a small beacon. The Eddystone Lighthouse was the last first order working light in Tasmania and is a key part of ours state's maritime heritage. The replacement lamp is not as effective as the old one and as a navigational aid its performance has been reduced. Now all you get is a view of a cheap ''Tupperware'' light blinking on the rail. This is a severe blow to tourism on the east coast of Tasmania. The AMSA undertook this change without consulting with the broader Tasmanian com- munity and Lighthouses of Australia Incorpor- ated calls on the authority to restore the main light to a fully functioning state.CHRISTIAN BELL Lighthouses of Australia Inc
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