For­mer forestry boss throws hat in po­lit­i­cal ring

Australian Forests and Timber - - NEWS -

LA­BOR HEAVY­WEIGHT Si­mon Crean has backed for­mer forestry boss Bob Gor­don in his tilt for Sate Par­lia­ment in Tas­ma­nia’s 15 March elec­tions.

Gor­don will be con­test­ing the seat of Lyons with La­bor Lyons MHA and new min­is­ter Re­becca White claim­ing she wasn’t wor­ried that a ri­val La­bor can­di­date had such back­ing.

“One of the best cham­pi­ons I’ve ever met in Tas­ma­nia for re­gional devel­op­ment is Bob Gor­don,” Crean said.

‘’What we need out of the elec­tion down here is com­mit­ment to the pulp mill, com­mit­ment to eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, and fight­ing for de­liv­ery of that eco­nomic pack­age, that will help se­cure Tas­ma­nia’s fu­ture,’’ Crean said.

Gor­don said his fo­cus would be re­build­ing the forestry in­dus­try in Tas­ma­nia and adding to agri­cul­ture and aqua­cul­ture.

‘’Tas­ma­nia spends a lot of time talk­ing about the things we can’t do, I know the things we can do and that’s what I want to spend my time on,’’ Gor­don said.

Gor­don has been a La­bor party mem­ber for 35 years. He ran un­suc­cess­fully for the party in 1990. Lyons cov­ers an area of ap­prox­i­mately 32 910 sq km and is the largest divi­sion in Tas­ma­nia cov­er­ing most of the State from the cen­tral high­lands in the west to the east coasts and from Bea­cons­field town­ship in the north to New Nor­folk and the Tas­man Penin­sula re­gion in the south.

Bob Gor­don.

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