29 April, 2011

Logging exit grants under fire

Weekly Times via AAP, April 29, 2011

A SCHEME to lure loggers out of Tasmania is under renewed fire over claims companies are pocketing cash to resume logging on the mainland.

One logging company was granted $825,000 in Federal Government exit assistance last year but green groups say it's simply shifted its operations to Gulaga National Park on the NSW South Coast.

South East Forest Rescue says the $17 million government scheme, aimed at downsizing Tasmania's logging industry, is a rort if it allows loggers to simply pull up stumps and go elsewhere.

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