03 September 2010

Secret Forest Deal Leaked Draft Agreement In Full

Published Here For The First Time Ever.
Geoffrey Cousins revealed this deal in general terms before the talks had even started. Who do YOU think are the real 'puppet-masters' behind this plan? Why do they want to compensate Australia's most corrupt industry for irreparably damaging Tasmania? Why has an unelected cabal tried to lock-in Gunns pulp mill with its corruption and totalitarian laws?
Below is the whole deal, in full, verified.
To resolve the conflict over forests in Tasmania, protect native forests, and develop a strong sustainable timber industry.
Parties to the principles;
Parties to the Principles seek from the State and Federal governments:
* Support for and delivery of all principles in full.
* Interim support for a plan to deliver the principles; and
* Implementation of the Principles through a fully funded package and timeline that maximises benefits and reduces negative impacts;
* Immediate interim assistance for Tasmanian harvest, haulage and silvicultural contractors;
* Determine with industry, guaranteed sustainable quantity and quality of wood supply within3 months, outside of the identified high conservation valued forests, for the period of the negotiations, to provide certainty to the industry, workers and communities.
* Progressive implementations of a moratorium on the logging of high conservation value forests commencing within 30 days ensuring that priority, (ie those in the most advanced stages of planning for harvesting) HCV coupes identified by ENGO's are the first to be addressed. The full moratorium to be completed within 3 months. Any necessity for any proposed variation to this due to unavoidable planning constraints have to be independently verified.
* Provide exit assistance for industry where required; and
* No new entrants into the Tasmanian industry can be accepted or enter into new contractual relationships beyond parties who are currently in contractual relationships with the state while the negotiations are under way.
* Delivery of these Principles will require joint agreement of the parties to time lines and funding.
* The development of an agreed stakeholder led implementation process with a finalised full agreement within 12 months.

General Wood Supply: Provide a sustainable resource supply profile to industry based on an agreed minimum quantity and quality requirements to industry. It will be underpinned by legislation.

Climate Change: Seek funding for improving carbon outcomes as a result of delivering these Principles.

Native Forest Wood Supply: Subject to the provisions of the transition, as legislated, Native Forest entitlement is handed back, it will not be licensed to new players.

HCVF: Immediately protect, maintain and enhance High Conservation Value Forests identified by
ENGO's on public land.

Transition: Transition the commodity forest industry out of public native forests into suitable plantations through a negotiated plan and timeline.

Industry: Create a strong sustainable timber industry including the development of a range of plantation based timber processing facilities including a pulp mill. There will need to be stakeholder consultation and engagement with the proponent, ENGO's and the community.

Speciality Timbers: provide for ongoing speciality timber supply including eucalypt for our high value furniture and craft industries through a negotiated plan and timeline.

Plantations: Support sustainable and socially acceptable plantations, including agreed reforms and new agro-forestry outcomes, including pursuing certification.

Private Forests: Encourage and support, but not mandate, private forest owners to; seek assistance for certification; and protect, maintain and enhance high conservation value forests on their properties.

Communities: Support rural and regional communities, workers, contractors and businesses impacted, through a range of economic development, financial assistance, compensation and retraining measures.

Engagement: Engage and involve the broad Tasmanian community in the development and implementation of a durable solution to the Tasmanian forest conflict.

Tourism: Develop the Tasmanian nature-based tourism industry in line with these Principles.

Planning: Develop a fully funded, independent, scientifically led landscape conservation, restoration and integrated catchment management program, and associated governance and regulatory improvements.

Government: Reform and support government agencies, policies and legislation as necessary for the implementation of an agreement associated with these principles.

Biomass: Only permit plantation forest processing and plantation harvesting residues to be used as biomass for REC's
Note. Agreement was not achieved on biomass fuels at this time. Environment groups oppose the use of all wood based biomass fuels while NAFI supports its use.

Certification: Encourage Forestry Tasmania to achieve Controlled Wood accreditation on delivery of the moratorium and full FSC certification; upon resolution of an FSC National Standard; and once this agreement has been finalised.

Durability: Undertake to ensure all elements of this agreement are fulfilled on a durable basis.

Legislation: Require State and Federal legislation to implement agreed outcomes arising from these Principles, including appropriate review mechanisms, milestones and sanctions.


Garry said...

Thanks for publishing the draft Karl. Finally we are getting some real evidence. You know that in the past I've resisted much of what you've written and said about the Wildos, plantations and pulp mill deals.

But I have to admit that this draft agreement, tacitly allows a Tamar Valley mill. By allowing for "a pulp mill" in the agreement, a Tamar Valley Mill is allowed for.

The agreement needs to state that the Tamar Valley is not an appropriate place for a pulp mill and the repeal of the PMAA 2007, the Permits and Woodsupply contract should be included in the principles of the draft agreement for which State and Federal support will be sought.

Also Gunns and Forestry Tas need to be there in the talks. Also community groups, not just TCA.

P1 If the agreement allows for “a pulp mill” and
P2 If the Tamar Valley mill is “a pulp mill”, then
C The agreement allows for a Tamar Valley mill.

-Garry Stannus

Karl Stevens said...

Your reasoning is correct Gary. After building the Meander Dam, the East Tamar Highway upgrade, the Dilston Bypass, the hidden pipeline corridor and the $170 million already spent by Gunns, this pulp mill is a ship that is hard to turn around. How conservationists could end the 'forest wars' by sacrificing 100,000 more victims is beyond belief. People have been put under pressure to suppress this story. Notice how all except Bob were too afraid to speak to Stateline? What a disgrace.