95% support a mill, claims pro-pulp group

A PRO-pulp mill group says a phone survey of business owners in George Town and Bell Bay revealed 95per cent support for the controversial project.

Roger Aalbregt, of George Town's Kempe Engineering, said he and fellow pulp mill supporters had surveyed nearly 100 businesses using the George Town Chamber of Commerce phone book, asking owners if they supported the project or not.

Mr Aalbregt said only three business owners responded negatively, and he shared the result with Premier Lara Giddings during her visit to Launceston yesterday.

"It just goes to show it is not all negative out there. People want this to happen" he said.

Friends of the Tamar Valley spokeswoman Anne Layton-Bennett questioned the validity of the group's survey.

"Well, it doesn't sound like an accredited poll - probably a bit dodgy to be honest," she said.

"The only poll that I am aware of that was conducted specifically in George Town was a 2008 poll that revealed a 52-48 result in favour of the mill ... hardly a ringing endorsement."

The No Pulp Mill Alliance will hold a public meeting at the Tailrace Centre on Wednesday.

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