Miranda’s Daily Blog: Day 315
Celebration of Forestry Tasmania’s corporate relations executive resigning a few days ago have been short lived. Yesterday the shocking news hit that Managing Director Bob Gordon has remarkably been reappointed for a further five years. At the same time it was revealed that the Government Business Enterprise made a loss of $27.6 million over the past year. How can it be that Bob Gordon has been put in charge for another five years, when it has been on his watch that so many millions of tax payers money has been lost? Well, not entirely ‘lost’ – it can be found in the remote wilderness of Tasmania’s most valuable assets: our ancient forests. It can be found in the form of torched and burnt landscapes, stumps of 400-year-old trees and roads that carve up once pristine ecosystems. It can be found in the shot paddymelons left dead after “browsing management operations.” And in the Tasmanian devils left homeless in the wake of fallen trees. It can be found in the hundreds of clearfells that sprawl across hillsides. And in the rotting piles of wasting wood left in limbo, as logging continues irrespective of the market declines.
While our health and education systems struggle to make ends meet, the government has put all of Tasmania’s eggs in the wrong basket. The stubborn digging in of the heels by Forestry Tasmania is getting this state nowhere. Entrenching native forest logging as they have so blatantly done will be of no benefit to the environment, the community or even the forest industry itself! It is time for a change and reappointing of the same old guard at Forestry Tasmania is not a good place to start.