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  1. “The Wilderness Society is opposed to any pulp mill in Tasmanian that uses native forests and chlorine bleaching because it will drive ongoing forest destruction in Tasmania and pollute both the air and marine environment.”

    A completely unthinking policy from the Wilderness Society. ANY industrial scale mill “will drive ongoing forest destruction and pollute both the air and marine environment.”

    Why?  Because large scale pulp mills (or numerous smaller ones) will:

    (i) put continued pressure on land resources, including land that currently grows native forest;

    (ii)  because it (they) will promote continued expansion of a monoculture plantation industry;

    (iii)  because any land used for plantation on an industrial scale will pollute the air, soil and marine environment;

    (iv) other environmental and social factors come into play that are being traded away by the Wildnerness society and the Greens.  No social criteria presented for a definition of a ‘sustainable’ industry and so forth.

    The Wilderness Society doesn’t have the guts to define ‘sustainable development’ nor the integrity to commit to anything like it.

    Posted by Fair Lad  on  25/09/05  at  01:44 AM
  2. Tasmania’s Environment Minister says up to eight people die each year in Launceston due to air pollution ABC 22/09/05.

    The proposed pulp mill for the Tamar Valley is set to burn an estimated 1.2 million tonnes of “wood waste and black liquor” to supply power to power the mill (Gunns revised project scope 09/05/05 sections 5.5,5.6,8.2). This would be the equivalent volume burned of tens of thousands of wood heaters.

    Under Tasmania’s new “Environmental Protection Policy 2004” (pages 20, 21), the pulp mill proposal ducks under the radar for some of the more nasty airborne pollutants.

    How can this government and the Mayors of nearby councils so blindly support this proposal in light of these deaths and the massive increase in pollution this proposal would bring to Launceston and the Tamar Valley.?

    Posted by Dave Groves  on  25/09/05  at  07:13 AM
  3. Even with the advanced pulp mill technology in the world, which Gunns has never considered, a mill of this size would demand nearly 5.2 million tonnes the same volume of chips from the North East and Central North alone, nearly as much as the 5.6m extracted last year from the whole of Tasmania.

    Then add the collateral damage to water, air, land values, tourism, etc. This does not include the “useless” trees cut at bargain basement rates for their power plant.

    With the real value of hardwood chips having fallen by an average of some 2.67% p.a. for the the past decade, this project showcases the synergy in which Tasmania is a world leader - cronyism and stupidity.

    John Hayward
    Weegena

    Posted by lhayward  on  25/09/05  at  11:04 PM
  4. Could somebody please answer the following questions?

    (1)  How does an unpolluted environment help the price of my Gunns shares?

    (2)  Why should anything other than the value of Gunns shares matter? (Factual answers, please, not opinion)

    (3)  Why should anyone over 50 years of age worry about economic or environmental sustainability in the long term?

    Posted by Justa Bloke  on  26/09/05  at  10:01 AM
  5. ‘‘When you compare the technology we are using with that of pulp mills in Sweden or Finland it is better than the best of them,’’ said Jose Vivanco, director of operations for the Valdivia pulp mill, in an interview prior to the release of the study ordered by Chile’s national environmental agency [CONAMA] and, that the mill is using the best technology available for pulp mills.
    From:
    Hotels in Valdivia
    Fighting for Chile’s swans

    http://www.chiletravel.com/chile/publish/printer_434.html

    People and Brand Tasmania, this sounds and looks just like the glossy brochures and spin down here in Tasmania!
    As our Peter Cundall said on the big stump:
    Its greed, just sheer greed!

    Posted by Frank and family  on  27/09/05  at  05:53 AM
  6. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what possible benifit was achieved by sending Michael Kent to Finland!

    Sure it was a junket we all know that, and paid for by the taxpayers.

    I’ll consent a little by giving Mike some credit for a knowledge of Supermarket operations, but a world scale Pulp Mill.

    Pull the other one, he wouldn’t know what the hell he was looking at!

    We’ve always got the DVD to look at I suppose !

    Posted by David  on  30/09/05  at  10:28 AM
  7. Damon Thomas was the ombudsman who ‘responded’ to my complaint against the Forest Practices Board in 1997. 

    He rang the FPB and simply accepted the Board’s version of events over that of our family.

    Posted by Brenda Rosser  on  01/10/05  at  01:05 AM
  8. I visited Finland from Sep 8 - 13 and can confirm that Finnish forests are almost exclusively pine and birch - very different to eucalypts!

    I flew into the Tampere airport in Western Finland and you know what? Its surroundings were very much like that of Hobart airport. Pine plantations surrounded the runway just as the Seven Mile Beach plantations do in Hobart.

    While Finland is a beautiful country, the lack of floral diversity is striking - perhaps an insight into the future appearance of Tasmania?

    Posted by Greg Price  on  02/10/05  at  10:35 AM
  9. Ironically, for the first time, I visited the peak of South Sister today only hours before I learned of its imminent demise at the hands of Forestry Tasmania.

    The government and its apparent land sales wing FT are to send part of this beautiful forest to the chipper against the wishes of the people.

    At current rates, with FT a law unto itself, how long will it be before Tasmania’s rego plates are changed to “The Government State”?

    Despite huge protest and scientific and social research, the bottomless budget of FT has won the day.

    While this travesty unravels our Premier is on an overseas soiree to push the case for more woodchips to be sent offshore.

    The Pulp Mill Task Force has had a nice little trip to Finland to film a “sell the dream” campaign to those “unbelievers” who dare question the practices of industrial logging.

    Meanwhile the ally of the wood chippers, unions and the State Government, John Howard, is worried about terrorists!

    If only the animals and the forests had a voice!

    Tasmania, it is time to sort the wheat from the chaff.

    Roll on the elections.

    Posted by Dave Groves  on  03/10/05  at  07:58 AM

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