‘Friends of the Tamar Valley’ held a community meeting at the Launceston Tail-Race Centre, on Tuesday night.
The Centre was filled to capacity, those attending listening to addresses from:
Professor Quentin Beresford, who spoke on Pulp Mill Politics and Corruption,
Senator Christine Milne, who spoke on the Economics of the Pulp Mill, and lastly,
Steve Biddulph, whose address was entitled ‘Stress, Activism and the Fight for a Better World’.
The evening, which was hosted by Launceston Alderman and anti-mill activist, Jeremy Ball, was attended by some 650 people. Although organised on a shoe-string budget, organisers have correctly gauged the current feeling of the community by calling the meeting with modest pre-publicity in return for a healthy attendance.
The concern of the community is not abating. Angered by the latest fiasco - Bill Kelty (the so-called independent facilitator) has, by his attempt to tie the round-table talks to acceptance of the Tamar pulp mill, thrown fat onto the simmering fire of the pulp mill dispute.
Native forests more valuable standing up: new advertising campaign launched
Continued logging of Tasmania’s native forests will undermine both the environmental and economic benefits of keeping them standing up, a new television advertising campaign launched today states.
Leading Tasmanian biologist and academic Dr Peter McQuillan from the University of Tasmania agreed to feature in the advertising due to concerns that a failure to end logging of native forests ignored the valuable role they play in fighting climate change.
“We’ve learned that our native forests store more carbon than any other. For this and the many economic benefits native forests can provide, it is clear that these forests are more valuable standing up,” Dr McQuillan, of the School of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania, said.
Dr Peter McQuillan today launched the new television and radio advertisements, which were produced by Environment Tasmania, The Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation.
“We all rely on the biodiversity of our native forests for clean air, water and natural resources,” Dr McQuillan said. “With 13 500 known species of plants, animals and fungi, Tasmania is one of the most biodiverse islands in the world.”
“I have supported this advertising campaign in order to call on politicians to act now and stop cutting down our valuable native forests. It’s something that most Australians want to see.
“The multi-party forest agreement provides the opportunity to both protect these forests and build a sustainable timber industry with secure jobs,” he concluded.
Dr Peter McQuillan, Conservation Biologist