Former forestry boss throws hat in political ring
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.