The Greens Leaders have responded to Premier Lara Giddings’ call for them to show leadership by requesting she meet to discuss options for Tasmania to manage its forests for future business and job creation.
“The Premier will lead well if she gets off the failed logging trajectory onto promising alternatives,” Senator Brown said at a press conference with Senator Milne and Mr McKim.
“For example, I envisage a private tourism development enclave in the Styx Valley, similar to that at Cradle Valley. A Snowy–Wellington walk connecting Hobart with the Styx Valley via Mt Wellington and the Snowy Range has huge potential to connect the capital with the World Heritage Wilderness.
“A global presentation display centre south of Dover to connect visitors with D’Entrecasteaux’s glorious meeting with Tasmania’s Aboriginal people would be a boon for the Huon Valley. The French scientists, in 1793, wrote in glowing terms of Tasmania’s forests ‘in which the sound of an axe had never been heard’.
“And the forests of the Tarkine, North East Highlands and Great Western Tiers have huge job generation potential if only some of the $276 million in the forest package goes to more hospitality instead of more woodchipping.
“Leadership is about vision as well as management,” Senator Brown said.