A very serious threat has emerged since Valentine's Day! And Fed Parliament is voting on the motion today! If Oakeshott's proposal gets up, the forest furnaces poised for building in several states would become a driving force for decades more destruction of Australian forests, woodlands and wildlife.
Following Gunns' complete abandonmment of its case which has tied up 20 Tasmanian anti-logging campaigners and their supporters for up to five years of their lives, Victorian Greens parliamentarian Sue Pennicuik MLC called for the Victorian Government to introduce legislation to prevent corporations from ever again similarly abusing the courts with Strategic Litigation Ag
A Gunns' woodchip mill at Longreach in Tasmania
Is the final nail in the coffin for the proposed Gunn’s Tasmanian pulp-mill an economic one?
Tasmanian mills are closing down left, right and centre.
Illustration by Gustave Doré for of Jean de la Fontaine's fable of La Mort et le bûcheron
FOREST/CLIMATE ALERT! Final Push Needed to Stop Australia's Tasmanian Ancient Forest Pulping for Throw-Away Paper Consumption
(Image is Piguenid's 's painting of the Tasmania Grose Valley - circa 1887)
Gunns of Australia's controversial plans to build a huge pulp mill to make disposable consumer items largely from clearfelling ancient forests is close to failing, let us together make a final decisive push to warn off potential investors and environmental approvals and achieve its permanent withdrawal.
Plans by Australian woodchip giant Gunns Ltd., to continue clearcutting of Tasmania's ancient forests to feed a massive new paper pulp mill, appear to be near final collapse. Gunns is scrambling to raise the cash needed to build the AU$2 billion pulp mill and to meet a looming federal government environmental approval deadline. Chief executive of Leighton Holdings, the proposed builder of the mill, has even stated the project is dead. Join us in supporting massive local protests, and calling upon Australia's Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett to not extend the environmental approval process, and for the several European pulp interests to steer clear of funding the project or risk years of protest and conflict. Let's join together with local protests and ensure the Gunns pulp mill proposal is permanently withdrawn from consideration.
By Ecological Internet's Climate Ark (www.climateark.org),
and Forest Protection Portal (forests.org),
Originally published at http://www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=australia_tasmania_climate
30 August 2008