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Community needs closure on divisive Tamar Valley pulp mill

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 5 Aug 2013

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson and Greens' candidate for Bass, Lucy Landon-Lane - both former campaigners against the Tamar Valley Pulp mill proposal - reacted to the news that the former head of Gunns, John Gay, has pleaded guilty to insider trading by calling for closure for the community on the divisive pulp mill project.

"Today should be the last chapter of this sad and sorry pulp mill saga - its time for Tasmania to now move on and invest our energies in a new future," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"The pulp mill permits should be ripped up - the community needs the anxiety and conflict buried for good.

"It is questionable if the business case for this project ever stacked up.

"If Gunn's had borrowed an additional $2B prior to its collapse, imagine how many more investors, farmers and businesses may have been left out of pocket," Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.

"Tasmania has dodged a bullet with the pulp mill not proceeding," said Greens' candidate for Bass, Lucy Landon-Lane.

"The Pulp Mill Assessment Act needs to be repealed so the community can move forward and invest in sustainable industries that will create jobs for the Tamar Valley," Ms. Landon-Lane concluded.

 

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