Forest sale 'a load of spin'

PRIVATE Forestry Southern Queensland’s executive officer Sean Ryan said the Queensland government’s Timber Plantation Strategy 2020 released this week, which aims at supporting the future expansion of the State’s forest and timber industry, had some reasonable aspects.

However, he said their claim of encouraging investment, after they had sold Forestry Plantations Queensland for “a rock bottom price” was “typical political spin”.

Mr Ryan said the reviewing of the Queensland Tree Tenure System “is a positive for sure”.

As part of the follow through work required to implement the 2020 strategy, a working group, consisting of key stake holders will be formed to assist the development of a standard code within the Queensland Planning Provisions under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

“Trying to ensure that there is the same system across Queensland is quite reasonable,” Mr Ryan told The Gympie Times yesterday.

“Some (councils) require a material change of use, while others, like Gympie, don’t require anything at all.

“There are enormous variations around the ridges.”

Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland, Tim Mulherin said in a statement this week that the recent sale of the plantation estate to the private sector “has opened the way for a more commercially focused approach to the state’s timber plantations”.

Mr Ryan said selling a government asset for one-fifth of what it’s worth, makes the statement “a load of tripe”.

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