Forestry war ready to rage

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

THE un­easy peace in Tas­ma­nia’s forestry wars could be about to break, with anti-pulp mill cam­paign­ers promis­ing big­ger protests than the Franklin Dam era of three decades ago. Fed­eral En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Tony Burke granted the fi­nal per­mits for the con­tro­ver­sial Gunns pulp mill to be built on the Ta­mar River. The com­pany now has six months to find in­vestors to put up $ 2.5 bil­lion be­fore its state per­mits ex­pire. The ap­proval could serve as a flash­point for the forestry wars, which have been rag­ing for three decades.

Tony Burke

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