Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown says today’s Tasmanian forests “conservation agreement” is a blueprint for the utter destruction of more than 20 square kilometres of high conservation value (HCV) forests.
“That’s 1000 Melbourne Cricket Grounds in area of World Heritage Value forests to be logged and firebombed by Forestry Tasmania in breach of the 2011 agreement,” Senator Brown said.
“Ceasing routine meetings with the Prime Minister over this dishonouring of her 2011 Intergovernmental Agreement is a weak gesture considering the gravity of the matter.
“Environment Minister Tony Burke will go down in history for labelling this agreement to destroy the habitat of rare and endangered species on his own list as a “conservation agreement”.
“The agreement will provide for the construction of new logging roads, at public expense, to pave the way for long-term logging to continue in the HCV forests.
Some of the most stunning of Tasmania’s wild and scenic heritage areas are on the forest death list: the Styx Valley (150ha), Picton–Huon areas (250ha), Weld river valley (120ha), the Tarkine (150ha), Ben Lomond (130ha) and Counsel River in Central Tasmania (300ha).