ABUSE and disbelief has come the way of Apsley MLC Tania Rattray since moving to support the forestry peace deal, but she wouldn't change her decision for quids.
"Even members of my family have said, `what the bloody hell are you doing?"' Ms Rattray revealed.
With herself and her office both in the firing line from visits, calls, emails and letters, it's been a challenging month for the independent MLC. "The irate phone calls are not easy. I don't handle those sort of things very well. It's not my style," she said.
The reserved MLC swung to support the deal at last month's crucial durability vote, which passed 9-5, and gave the deal breathing space.
The move was not without controversy, with Ms Rattray's North-East and East Coast electorate encompassing many of Tasmania's biggest timber communities.
Ms Rattray has previously spoken of her membership of Timber Communities Australia, and pleaded with environmental activists to "consider the damage you are doing to the families and individuals who depend on our sustainable timber industries to feed, clothe, house and educate their children".
But with TCA now sitting inside the peace deal tent alongside environmentalists, so is Ms Rattray.
"If I want to make a difference in the process moving forward, I need to be part of it ... I want to be able to ring and find out where the funding and compensation entitlements are for people," she said. "I want to be able to know where the residue opportunities are. Without showing support, how can you be an effective member for your community?"
Ms Rattray also pointed to the urgent need to support those hit by the industry downturn.
"To see people who have put their heart and soul into the industry effectively in tears in front of you - and I'm not talking about shrinking violets here, these are grown men, big men ... It's very difficult to say, `oh I'm going to stay principled on this', without answers."
Jane Calvert, chairwoman of the forestry agreement's Special Council set up to implement the deal, said the abuse was a "bloody pity".
"Ms Rattray, along with the other Legislative Councillors have absolutely drilled into this legislation," Ms Calvert said.
"Unlike the House of Assembly, where the parties decide and everyone votes accordingly, because almost everyone there is independent. They really do have to put a lot of work into what they do."
Ms Calvert said Ms Rattray's vote gave her some confidence that the forestry agreement, three years in the making, would not be repealed by a Liberal government should it win next year's scheduled election.