Wednesday 4th May, noon-1pm, and each Wednesday till 15 June 2011
Executive Building,15 Murray St, Hobart.

A coalition of forest groups have joined together to conduct a peaceful forest vigil at Hobart’s executive building. 


Huon Valley Environment Centre, The Wilderness Society, Still Wild Still Threatened, Code Green, West Wellington Protection Group and The Florentine Protection Society will take participate in a forest vigil
each Wednesday at the executive building each week for the next eight weeks.

Jenny Weber, Huon Valley Environment Centre: “Our peaceful gathering will be held for the next eight weeks to call for the urgent legislated protection of native forests in Tasmania.

“Our forest vigil is a positive way to send a message to Premier Lara Giddings and all decision makers in the State Parliament that valuable native forests are being lost every day across Tasmania. The community
and environment would benefit greatly from seeing Tasmania’s wild and ancient forests protected.”

Vica Bayley, The Wilderness Society: “Conservation values need to permanently secured in formal reserves such as National Parks, protected by legislation.”

Lisa Searle, spokesperson for Code Green: “We are here today to stand up for Tasmania’s native forests, and will continue to be a voice for these forests until the protection they deserve is given. These forests urgently need immediate protection before we lose them forever.”

Jo McRae, Florentine Protection Society: “State forests are the people’s forests, so the people must have a say in their future. And the people say they are too valuable to lose.”


Hello fellow environmentalists

I have just found out about the following enquiry. Although the use by date has gone it is not too late to make a late submission into this enquiry. One needs to phone or email the committee secretary and seek an extension of time to make submission. Here is the terms of reference.

If you go to the website you will see the dominance of industry submissions and the paucity of environmental input.

I hope you agree it is important at this time when so much energy is being expended to find a solution for Tasmania and its rapacious forestry industry to make the time to provide the Commonwealth with your views. Even something short and pithy would be fine.

Without Commonwealth funding there will be no permanent solution over the forests in Tasmania.

Andrew Ricketts
The Environment Association Inc
PO Box 261
Deloraine 7304

On 7 February 2011 the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry asked the Committee to undertake an inquiry into the Australian forestry industry.

The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Friday 25 March 2011.

For further information on submissions, please refer to the brochure preparing a submission.

Terms of Reference

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry shall inquire into and report on the current and future prospects of the Australian forestry industry, particularly in regards to:
• Opportunities for and constraints upon production;
• Opportunities for diversification, value adding and product innovation;
• Environmental impacts of forestry, including:
o impacts of plantations upon land and water availability for agriculture; and,
o the development of win-win outcomes in balancing environmental costs with economic opportunities;
• Creating a better business environment for forest industries, including:
o investment models for saw log production;
o new business and investment models for plantation production; and,
o superannuation investment in plantations;
• Social and economic benefits of forestry production;
• Potential energy production from the forestry sector, including:
o biofuels;
o biomass;
o biochar;
o cogeneration; and,
o carbon sequestration;
• Land use competition between the forestry and agriculture sectors:
o implications of competing land uses for the cost and availability of timber, food and fibre;
o harmonising competing interests; and,
o opportunities for farm forestry.

Public hearings
Media releases

The Committee Secretariat can be contacted at:
Committee Secretary
House of Representatives Standing Committee on
Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Phone: (02) 6277 4500
Fax: (02) 6277 4516
email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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