Tim­ber users fear Tarkine lockup

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - NICK CLARK

THE spe­cialty tim­bers sec­tor would be dev­as­tated by a World Her­itage list­ing of the Tarkine area, Tas­ma­nian Spe­cial Tim­bers Al­liance spokesman An­drew Den­man says.

Mr Den­man was speak­ing in the wake of the in­ter­na­tional ad­ven­ture cloth­ing firm Patag­o­nia team­ing up with the Bob Brown Foun­da­tion to seek a na­tional park and World Her­itage nom­i­na­tion for the Tarkine.

He said the $70 mil­lion sec­tor which uses black­wood, cel­ery top pine, myr­tle and eu­ca­lypt, em­ployed 2500 peo­ple full-time and 8000 on a part-time and hobby ba­sis.

“The last ar­eas where spe­cialty tim­bers grow in the state are in the North-West,” Mr Den­man said.

“We lost all other south­ern ar­eas as part of the for­est peace deal in 2013. So a lockup of the Tarkine would de­stroy the spe­cialty tim­bers sec­tor.”

Mr Den­man said the bi­en­nial Wooden Boat Fes­ti­val was based around spe­cialty tim­bers and was worth $30 mil­lion to the state. He said the sec­tor needed about 12,500 cu­bic me­tres of wood a year to con­tinue.

“We would be shut down overnight if the Tarkine cam­paign was suc­cess­ful,” he said.

Patag­o­nia and the Bob Brown Foun­da­tion want the 100,000ha Tarkine to be made a na­tional park and be off lim­its to log­ging and min­ing.

A pe­ti­tion has started on Patag­o­nia’s web­site and a doc­u­men­tary about the cam­paign to save the Tarkine is be­ing screened around Aus­tralia and has gone live on Face­book.

Patag­o­nia’s global vi­cepres­i­dent of pub­lic en­gage­ment Rick Ridge­way was in Ho­bart this week to sup­port the cam­paign, and to at­tend a spe­cial screen­ing of the film at the State Cin­ema last night.

Mr Den­man said as­pects of the film were mis­lead­ing.

He said the Tarkine cam­paign had been re­jected by vot­ers at the March state elec­tion.

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