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*Pic: Ted Mead – Tampered propaganda sign at Geeveston - Possibly an irate message from a despairing tourist?

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First published November 10

This year Forestry/STT was gifted $ millions to maintain their roads on the announcement that it would provide access for tourism. We all know it’s just another forestry funding deception but if tourists do drive out into those regions here’s what they will quickly discover …

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Pic: Ted Mead - The ubiquitous graveyard of native forest destruction!

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Pics: Ted Mead - Dumped and torched vehicles – A tourism drawcard?

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Pic: Rob Blakers, https://www.robblakers.com/ - Incessant smoke-filled skies during autumn, ironically Tasmania is promoted as having some of the world’s cleanest air.

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Pic: Ted Mead – Sign shooting, an entrenched cultural activity

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Pics: Ted Mead - Traditional recreation – roadside waste disposal

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Pic: Ted Mead – An inspiring picnic shelter wall

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Pic: Ted Mead – broad-scale, steep-country logging adjacent to the World Heritage Area

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Pics: Ted Mead – Forestry Satire or fact? – The truth could be out

*Ted Mead first visited the Southern Forests back in 1980. At that time the focus on conservation was all about the Franklin River campaign, though new forestry roads and bridges were rapidly pushing their way up the wild-forested valleys of southern Tasmania. These incursions were a means of accessing the wondrous old–growth forests to satisfy the insatiable demands of the woodchip industry that would continue on rapaciously plundering for decades. In the process many of the Southern Forest valleys were gutted of their treasures and carted off to the Triabunna chip mill, processed in Asia, then ultimately returned to our island ending up in our waste sites soon after. As a result the wildness of those forest places have now been forever lost through the ignorance of an iniquitous and short-sighted taxpayer-propped-up industry led by third-world thinking politicians.

• Teresa Maddox in Comments: #4 ... Nice try at justifying SST’s “gifted”” budgetary appropriation, but, since when were forestry roads essential services? Just how does this benefit all Tasmanians and not just the protected species of the deforestation industry? People are wising up to the BS from FT/SST don’t worry! Putting the word sustainable in a title doesn’t make it so!

• John Hawkins in comments: #8 Just suppose we had no forestry roads. Then Cowell, we would still have a magnificent Forestry resource from which we could selectively log for the next 500 years. Forestry Tasmania would be a profitable government business that we could all be proud of. Instead we have given away the crown jewels at enormous cost to all Tasmanian’s thanks to our corrupt pollies and their mates in Gunns and Ta Ann. It is as simple as that.

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ABC: Conservation scientists ‘shocked’ at logging of endangered swift parrot nesting site Scientists working to save a critically endangered species say they are shocked and frustrated about the logging of a known swift parrot nesting site in southern Tasmania. Dr Dejan Stojanovic, a conservation biologist at the Australian National University, said he and his research team had been monitoring the habitat at Tyler’s Hill for a decade. Last week he visited the site to plan for the installation of predator-proof nest boxes, used to protect the birds from sugar gliders. Upon arrival he found the area had been felled …

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