Tourism, forestry al­lies

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

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

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