Forestry Workers Go Without

Forestry Workers Go Without

Acting Tasmania Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff

Forest Contractors Left With An Empty Stocking

Victor P Taffa

Only two days out from Christmas, many of the state’s forestry workers are facing a bleak and uncertain festive season, with only 30 of the 80 applicants for the Federal Government’s $17 Million forestry assistance package receiving compensation.

“Not only will 50 of the state’s forest contractors miss out on funding, but I have also been contacted by a family-run small business on the North West Coast that is contracted to supply timber to the Hampshire Mill from a plantation.  Because they involved in plantation forests and not native forests they were not eligible for compensation.” Acting Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff said today.

“With the closure today of the Hampshire Mill, this family business will be left without a future, effectively forcing them out of business.”

“The State’s forest contractors have been let down again by a State Government that is running blind with a Statement of Principles that it doesn’t understand, and doesn’t know how to implement.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“This is just yet another example of a Government that has failed to deliver.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“It’s another example of a Government that said it would do everything it could to look after forest contractors, yet when it comes to the crunch it’s done nothing.”

“The Tasmanian Liberals urge the State Government to adopt out sensible, balanced 13-point forestry plan that would ensure the future of this iconic industry.” Mr. Rockliff said.