- Letter to the Editor, Bega District News
26 June 2020
- Woodchipping comments by Prime Minister
- Readers of the BDN could be forgiven for
thinking that the woodchipping industry on the South Coast is no
longer controversial. It is a very long time since anyone read a
dissenting view, even after the recent spate of blank cheques
from the taxpayer being waved around by visiting politicians,
most recently the Prime Minister (BDN 23/6/20)
- Astonishing exaggerations such as: ?some
600 jobs in Eden depended on the mill? go unchallenged. To use
the vernacular, this is b***s**t. Divide that figure by 20 and
you are somewhere closer to the truth.
- With 80% of the forest available for
logging burnt in the summer fires, the community deserves a
- The bushfire catastrophe should be a
catalyst for transition, not more and more massive public
subsidies to entrench more and more destructive logging.
- Logging of burnt forests is the most
destructive logging of all. Professor David Lindenmayer?s
research shows serious negative environmental consequences for
the next 200 years. The young regrowth forest will be more fire
prone for the next 40 years.
- Direct jobs in native forest logging are
less than 1% of total workforce in Bega Valley and Eurobodalla
Shires. It?s not a big employer.
- Until the virus pandemic, there were more
jobs in the arts and entertainment in the Bega Valley Shire.
- All jobs are important, especially right
now, but with multi-million dollar subsidies per job, surely we
can do better things with the money that is being thrown around.
- Harriett Swift