Tourism, forestry allies
I AM more than happy to let reader Philip Sumner and the broader community know exactly where I stand when it comes to regional tourism and forestry (Letters, November 4). They are not mutually exclusive, and Tasmania is a great example of this. Forestry and tourism not only exist side-by-side in our state, they are thriving industries and Tasmanians should be proud of this. Yes, we do want to get tourists off the beaten track and into our regions. This will be the focus of our Tourism 2030 plan, so we can ensure our cities don’t get overcrowded and regional communities share the economic, social and cultural benefits tourism brings.
And, yes, we do support growth in our forestry industry. Tasmania’s forests are sustainably managed, world leading and support hundreds of jobs and families, particularly in regional Tasmania. Most of the Tarkine area is already protected. And the Australia Institute’s poll deserved to be called Left-leaning, skewed and having no credibility. I make no apology for that, and will continue to call out the Australia Institute and others when a push poll is done to achieve a predetermined outcome.
Jonathon Duniam Tasmanian Liberal senator