June 16, 2014
Environmental delegates claim they will rebut the Australian Government's case that the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has been disturbed by logging and is unsuitable for World Heritage listing - but they have a big problem.
"The real problem for the Wilderness Society is their own words," Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture said.
"While the Wilderness Society's national director Lyndon Schneiders said environmental delegates will rebut evidence the TWWHA is degraded and doesn't meet World Heritage standards, they cannot hide from previous comments."
"In 2005 the Wilderness Society's Vica Bayley said forests at Mother Cummings, an area now included in the extended TWWHA, did not contain unique environmental values."
"The forest at Mother Cummings was pristine oldgrowth, with all the associated environmental values. Logging has removed those values. Although a so-called forest remains, those unique values are gone," Vica Bayley said in a media release.(1)
Senator Colbeck said the Wilderness Society had condemned themselves with their own words.
"Nobody can take what they say seriously," he said.
The fact that areas like this are now included in the TWWHA makes a mockery of the Labor/Green nomination to extend the area in 2013.