GUNNS was two weeks away from securing a joint venture partner for the proposed Bell Bay pulp mill when the company went into administration last week, former managing director Greg L'Estrange has said.
``All those things that were landmines within Gunns were being dealt with,'' he said.
But Mr L'Estrange said the banks ``might have taken a different view that it was less possible.''
The Tasmanian timber company appointed voluntary administrators on Tuesday last week and was then put into receivership.
Mr L'Estrange's position was terminated last Wednesday.