THE government will put the forest peace deal's crucial next hurdle to a vote today in a key test of the deal's durability.
MLCs will debate the approval of the first tranche of reserves, from which millions of dollars in support to contractors and sawmillers can flow.
The deal rests on the support of MLCs, who spent yesterday in briefings with Forestry Tasmania and peace deal signatories - known as a the Special Council.
Forest Industries Association of Tasmania chief executive Terry Edwards pleaded with MLCs to pass the motion, saying the deal was "as durable as it could be at the moment".
"Please, give us the chance to prove our bona fides," Mr Edwards said.
Special Council chairwoman Jane Calvert said the Legislative Council created a set of points of durability and the industry's outlook was "bleak if we don't pass this point".
Mr Edwards said the need to pass the deal was not due to the looming federal election but to give industry certainty around investment decisions.
Rumney MLC Tony Mulder, who previously gave his intention to call on the debate this week, got cold feet yesterday, forcing the government to bring it on themselves.
Mr Mulder said on Tuesday that the debate needed to happen "to either move along or move on" but yesterday he said he needed more time.
He stands as a potential roadblock to the deal's passage despite saying it would be "extremely irresponsible not to pass it eventually".
Mr Mulder hopes to gain federal government support to de-link $30 million in funding to contractors, workers and millers from the peace deal's passage, in the same manner as $100 million in regional development projects.
He has also reached out to the state government to top up support to contractors, who he says have not received their fair share.
A spokesman for Resources Minister Bryan Green said the government had granted an extra $1.7 million to regional sawmillers, which was accepted by the association as "fair and equitable".