CAN’T SEE FUTURE FOR THE TREES
IF Resources Minister Guy Barnett is serious in his claim that jobs are the number one priority for the Hodgman Government, then his focus surely should be on the tourism industry (“Forestry jobs data hailed, assailed”, Mercury, November 21).
This is where the jobs of the future are, they certainly aren’t in forestry. The Government hastened the decline of the forestry industry when it tore up the hard-won forestry agreement upon taking office, against the best advice and urging of industry leaders, conservationists, and public opinion. It was a decision that made no sense, and has zero economic benefit.
Tourism is now far more important for Tasmania’s economy, and employs considerably more people.
Mr Barnett needs to seriously reflect on why so many people choose to visit Tasmania. The reason, as so many travel and tourism articles have confirmed in recent months, is to experience our unique native forests and wilderness regions; priceless natural assets he, and his colleagues, sadly still appear to consider of so little value. Anne Layton-Bennett Swan Bay