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Branchline July 8, 2011


Navigating uncertain times

It’s been another eventful week for Forestry Tasmania and the forest industry, and I wanted to make sure you were up to date with all our latest news.

You may have seen the media reports the Tasmanian Development Board has approved the application by Fibre Plus for a loan to purchase the Gunns woodchip mill in Triabunna. It's another important step along the journey to securing the Triabunna mill for the whole forest industry. Forestry Tasmania is playing its part by entering into a contract with Fibre Plus. It is not in our commercial interest, nor in the State's interest to release details right now, but we will when the change of ownership has been finalised. <read more>

This week also saw the tabling of the Auditor General’s special report into Forestry Tasmania in Parliament. This report has destroyed, once and for all, the myth perpetuated by our critics that Forestry Tasmania is dependent on Government subsidies to fund its operations. In fact, at a base level, FT contributes $111 million annually to Gross State Product. <read more>

I was also given the opportunity this week to appear again before the Legislative Council’s inquiry into Forestry Tasmania’s financial performance. At this week’s hearing, I detailed the significant cost measures that FT has achieved recently, as well as our predicted full year result. I was reported in the media as saying the current downturn is analogous to a car smash. However, FT is working hard to turn the new industry landscape to our advantage. <read more>

And finally, I want to say farewell to Hans Drielsma, our Executive Manager for the past five years.

Dr Drielsma is a highly respected forest industry leader in Tasmania, in Australia and internationally. <read more>

Until next time,

Bob Gordon
Managing Director
Forestry Tasmania



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