09 February, 2007

ARTICLE: Forestry Tasmania to appeal Wielangta ruling

ABC Online, February 9, 2007

Forestry Tasmania is set to challenge the Federal Court's ruling on logging in the Wielangta State Forest, saying the ruling could jeopardise all forestry and farming activity in Tasmania.

Forestry Tasmania will appeal against the court's ruling that logging activities in the area breached the Regional Forest Agreement.

Greens Senator Bob Brown successfully challenged Forestry Tasmania in the Federal Court.

Forestry Tasmania managing director Bob Gordon says the ruling has thrown doubt over the bulk of the company's wood supply contracts.

He says the effects could be felt further afield, impacting not only on forestry, but agriculture and development.

"It could have the effect of effectively meaning no development could occur in Tasmania," he said.

Senator Brown is not impressed, saying Mr Gordon is scare-mongering.

"He's trying to say, 'oh, woe is us, this is the sky falling in'," he said.

Both parties say they are confident of winning the appeal.

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