On the 31
March the Clarence Environment Centre wrote to the Federal Minister for
Forests and Agriculture, The Hon Mr. Tony Burke, attaching a ten page critical
assessment of Commonwealth Government documents posted on their website. A
copy of that letter follows (pages 2- 3
Among the documents reviewed were:
Our assessment outlined no less than 17 negative issues (see page 4 below),
economic, social and environmental, relating to the current trend with plantation
forestry in the Clarence Valley.
We finally received a response to our concerns six weeks later from a Mr Allen
Grant (page 5 below), contradicting our claims of widespread loss of biodiversity,
and entirely ignored our concerns about chemical pollution; human health; social
disruption; economic impacts; climate change outcomes, and inadequate legislation.
Mr Grant also attempted to downplay the impacts by quoting 2005 statistics and
claiming the majority of plantations were being established to supply sawlogs.
Our unsympathetic response can be read on pages 6-7.
John Edwards (Hon Secretary)
ARE OUR POLITICIANS LISTENING.
and Water Use
Mark Parsons, Ian Frakes and Adam Gerrand
Use of chemical
pesticides by the Australian
plantation forest industry
SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACTS OF