Green groups continue deceptive campaign

February 3, 2014

Green groups' dramatic change in language as they attempt to gain public support for their destructive anti-native forestry campaign has been amusing to say the least.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said it was absurd that green groups, who have spent years claiming the forestry industry is destroying forests forever, are now describing forestry operations inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) extension as minor disturbances.

"Green groups are trying to deceive the community by grossly underestimating the amount of area disturbed by forestry operations inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area."

"The reality is there are tens of thousands of hectares inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that have been previously impacted by forestry operations and other infrastructure."

"The Coalition's proposed minor boundary modification will restore value to the original Wilderness World Heritage Area listing by removing areas that have been impacted by forestry operations and devalue the existing Outstanding Universal Value," Senator Colbeck said.

Senator Colbeck said green groups were deceiving the community in a desperate attempt to end the native forestry industry in Tasmania.

"Green groups on one hand claim native forest harvesting destroys the environment forever, yet on the other hand claim harvested forests are world heritage quality. They can't have it both ways."

"What is a fact is that these areas don't fit any definition of wilderness and they should not have been listed as such. They clearly diminish the outstanding wilderness values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area," he said.

Senator Colbeck said areas the Coalition has proposed to be excised from the TWWHA extension don't meet the definition of wilderness, which is defined as:

"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammelled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." (USA Wilderness Act (1964) - Public law 88-577)

"The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet - those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure." (The WILD Foundation)

"Wilderness is land that is in a state that has not been substantially modified by, and is remote from, the influences of European settlement; is of sufficient size to make its maintenance in such a state feasible; and is capable of providing opportunities for solitude and self-reliant recreation." (Commonwealth of Australia 1998)

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