February 6, 2014
In a desperate attempt to justify their continued misrepresentation of the forest industry, green groups have resorted to rewriting history.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said recent claims that forest harvesting activities prior to 1960 should be discounted are simply absurd.
He described the claims as a desperate attempt to justify the gross understatement of the area harvested inside the sham Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) boundary extension.
"The truth is thousands of hectares of forest inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area extension have been harvested and regenerated over many years."
"Ignoring forests harvested before 1960 and labelling them as Wilderness World Heritage quality is an admission our forestry industry is sustainable and that forests in Tasmania have been regenerated to a high quality - the same forests greens once claimed were destroyed forever," Senator Colbeck said.
Senator Colbeck criticised green groups for running an anti-forestry campaign aimed at deceiving the community and ultimately destroying the forest industry in Tasmania.
"Recent statements by green groups downplaying the scale of previously harvest forest inside the TWWHA extension again demonstrates they lack credibility and cannot be trusted."
"They have no credibility left when it comes to forestry. They will say or do whatever they want in their campaign to try to destroy the forest industry in Tasmania," he said.
The Coalition is seeking to have areas of the TWWHA extension excised to maintain the genuine Outstanding Universal Value of the existing estate and create better outcomes for the environment, the community and the forestry industry.
"The rushed extension to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area degrades the Outstanding Universal Value of the existing site. It contains thousands of hectares of forest that have been harvested and regenerated over many years and should never have been locked up."
"No matter how you look at it, these areas don't meet the definition of wilderness," Senator Colbeck said.
Senator Colbeck said Australia's forest management strategies are undeniably sustainable.
Senator Colbeck said the proposed minor boundary modification to the TWWHA will deliver additional economic and social outcomes for all Tasmanians while maintaining the Outstanding Universal Value of the existing site.
The attached images reveal forestry harvesting activity in the Styx Valley in the 1940s.
The have been captured from this video www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW4kcuUvsJk.