Updated: May 18, 2012
Forestry Tas budget allocation reinforces case for reform
The $110 million Forestry Tasmania funding allocation in yesterday’s State Budget reinforces the call for urgent agency reform, The Wilderness Society said today.
“The$110 million budget allocation for Forestry Tasmania builds on the compelling case for the government agency to be overhauled to deal with systemic failures in the current model,” said Wilderness Society Tasmanian Campaign Manager Vica Bayley.
“Like most taxpayers, we are concerned about this budget allocation and seek clarity on its purpose and how it relates tothe much needed reform process.”
Mr Bayley also noted Forestry Tasmania’s unfunded superannuation liabilities andthe apparent inability of the agency to meet basic obligations.
“Taxpayer funding to prop-up a failed business model in Forestry Tasmania cannot be toleratedand people should be concerned about basic obligations that go unfunded.”
The dire situation of Forestry Tasmania also highlights the significance of theForest Agreement and current negotiations.
“This provision in the budget also points to the importance of Forest Agreement negotiations and the need to find agreement around forest protection, industry and community outcomes.”
“We need a solution that protects identified native forests, supports the community through ongoingchange and sets the timber industry onto an economically, socially andenvironmentally sustainable footing.”
More info: Vica Bayley 0400 644 939
For more information, please contact:
The Wilderness Society Tasmania Inc
130 Davey Street, TAS, 7000 Australia
Phone: (03) 6224 1550 | Fax: (03) 6223 5112