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Branchline, September 27, 2013


Forest Management Bill

I am writing to let you know about new legislation for the management of public forests in line with the new strategic direction we have been given by the State Government and Tasmanian Parliament.

The Forest Management Bill 2013
which was passed by the House of Assembly this week will - providing it is supported in the Upper House - replace the Forestry Act which has directed the management of public forests since 1920.

A fact sheet and frequently asked questions about the Forest Management Bill have been uploaded to the DIER website. Please take the time to read them.

The key change that you need to be aware of is that Forestry Tasmania’s timber production operations will be separated from responsibility for formal reserve management, which will be transferred to DPIPWE.

This will enable FT to focus on its commercial activities and strengthen the long term sustainability of the business.

Forestry Tasmania will remain a GBE and the land we manage will be known legally as ‘permanent timber production zone land’ rather than State forest.

Remembering fallen foresters

Many people may not be aware that a memorial has been established to recognise the contribution of men and women who have lost their lives while working in the Tasmanian forestry industry.

The Tasmanian Forest Memorial is located among a grove of native trees next to the Kermandie River at Heritage Park Geeveston.

The memorial was established with the commitment of the local community and is sponsored by Forestry Tasmania and Duggan’s Concrete at Cradoc.

The memorial consists of plaque installations in memory of those who have lost their lives working in forestry industry in the State.

Family members and loved ones of victims can submit an application for a plaque to be included on the memorial.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Pepper
Secretary, Tasmanian Forest Memorial Committee
Tel.: 03 6297 1555
Mobile: 0438 373 718

Until next time,
Steve Whiteley

Chief Executive Officer
Forestry Tasmania






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