COMMUNITY FILLING FOREST GAP
THE forests of North-East Tasmania are like nowhere else on earth, containing glacial refugia stands of ancient forests with biodiversity that survived the last ice age, and are a direct link with our botanical history linking back to the time of the Gondwana super continent.
It is these same forests that have some of our last recordings of the Tasmanian devil recorded in the wild in the forests around the Krushka's MTB trail in the Derby hills, scheduled for logging in the coming months.
Looking on the Tasmanian government website the list of rare, threatened and endangered species these forests, now listed as logging coupes, it is filled with recordings of Tasmanian devil, masked owl, Tasmanian wedge tail eagles' nests and the endemic Simson's stag beetle. And a notable historical sighting of the Tasmanian tiger right in the middle of a forests now listed as CC119A by government business enterprise, Sustainable Timbers Tasmania.
The logging of our last stands of Gondwanic remnant forests are sending our unique native species the same way as the Tasmanian devil that once roamed these hills.
Derby based community campaign organization Blue Derby Wild have been seeking information from STT regarding logging plans and schedules for these forests, and a meeting, though have received no information or willingness to meet on these issues. While STT continues to fail to do the flora and fauna surveys for these unique forests the community continue to fill the gap.
Louise Morris, Derby
I AM discombobulated. Some less than kind friends and acquaintance may well agree that has been the case for some time.
However, two days ago I received a "free" voucher for entry to our city's Waste Disposal Unit. Just the voucher.
There was no explanation for perhaps displaying exemplary citizenship, tending their nature strip, helping little old ladies to cross the street, picking up my Lochy's poo and discarding same. Nothing.
Today I received my $2500-plus annual rates notice. Unless I commit some offence of the LCC's rules and regulations as they pertain to property owners, somewhat thankfully, I doubt I will receive any other communication from council for another 12 months.
Should I be grateful or should I despair? I am indeed discombobulated.
Douglas R Robbins, Trevallyn.
MRJim Collier gave me one of the best laughs I have had for some time (The Examiner, July 16) when he criticised a letter from Angie Lyons regarding development in Launceston. Mr Collier stated that: "No one is opposed to development". Well I nearly fell my chair with laughter thinking how could he make a statement like that with a straight face. Thanks again Jim for giving us all something to smile about.
P Wilson, Newstead.
BIG BUSINESS BURDEN
AFTER a year-and-a-half of COVID I'm fed up with all these businesses bleating that they go to the wall. There is one thing that would fix this and only one thing. Everyone complains that they can't make payments if they don't open. Well, instead of picking and choosing close everything except food supplies - and I don't mean takeaways and freeze all bank transactions such as mortgage payments, loan repayments.
As I see it the only ones driving this constant need to open businesses is to pay the banks in one form or another. Admittedly people need money to buy food, but instead of handing out JobKeeper and JobSeeker, just issue vouchers for food, power, heating and petrol - medical comes from Medicare and that's it. As we have seen big business and the banks are doing fine let them feel the burden for a change.
Ken Terry, Bridport.
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