TAP's Christmas BBQ this year was held at 4pm Saturday December 7 2013 at Punchbowl Reserve Launceston at the BBQ area. The weather was perfect.
TAP WARNS POTENTIAL PERMIT BUYER - EXPECT TROUBLE.
Gunns' receivers KordaMentha have flown in Timo Piilonen from Finland to help them unload the pulp mill concept. Timo spent time at Gunns from early 2010 trying to get the mill off the ground. The Examiner claims KordaMentha will bundle the supposed mill site, the expired permits that include pending litigation, and the plantations and ask for expressions of interst. Gunns' liquidators PPB Advisory are offering the plantations along with the KordaMentha-Gunns assets. TAP was told by KordaMentha in June that Gunns also has a patent for sale. Gunns forest manager Simon Cook from Gunns 233B Charles Street Launceston office initially told TAP the patent was for 'tree breeding' but now denies the patent exists. Piilonen is a director of Finnish pulp mill builder UPM. Kordamentha and UPM are hoping for as much government finance as possible to offset the astronomical Australian construction and labour costs. A cost estimate of building a large pulp mill in the Tamar Valley has now exceeded $4 billion AUD including the Gunns assets. Any buyer will be processing the most expensive tree plantations on earth in the most expensive pulp mill on earth with the worlds highest labour costs. And yet the world paper market is in sharp decline with the advent of ereaders and smart phones?
TAP has lodged a grievance with FSC Australia concerning the industry front group 'Timber Communities Australia'. Because TCA is 'more than 95% funded by the logging industry' we have said they are an astroturf organisation and should not be in the Social Chamber of FSC Australia. TAP is a member of the Social Chamber and are 100% funded by the community. Thats how it should be. Our grievance highlights shortcomings and probably 'conflicts of interest' in the Tasmanian Forest Agreement 2013. Five FSC-AUS members negotiated a law that said Forestry Tasmania must get FSC certificaction or forests will not be 'reserved'. As you can see the industry makes-up 69% of FSC-AUS members. Now the industry has blackmailed the Ecological Chamber and tried to stack the Social Chamber with groups like TCA. Another Social Chamber group 'ForestWorks is a front for the CFMEU. In our opinion FSC-AUS is simply the logging industry certifying itself. This is a disgrace. We say the actions of current FSC-AUS chairman Jim Adams and the previous chairman Sean Cadman in assisting Forestry Tasmania get FSC certification breaks the Principles of FSC in both spirit and substance. As a result TAP and other groups chose to boycott this years FSC confernece in Melbourne on May 29. TAP would like to see the whole of Tasmania achieve a credible FSC certification with modern selective harvesting practices, the full protection of threatened species and complete community involvement at every step of the way. Instead we got secret deals between groups who are nearly all FSC-AUS members to help the industry rubber-stamp its own operations and continue its old unsustainable practices. FSC-AUS must be reformed.
We were all shocked at the
sudden passing of Robert McMahon or Bob as we all knew him. Bob
passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday
April 17 2013. Bob was there at the beginning and we don't think
anybody has done more for the Tamar Valley or even Tasmania than Bob
Bob was a legend and he will be sorely missed. He has left a massive legacy of honesty, intelligence, and the love of nature in its wild and untamed form.
He had the courage to stare down the small-minded and self-interested who tried to profit at our expense. Bob wanted the best for Tasmania and everybody that was fortunate enough to meet him.
CREDITORS have voted to liquidate failed Tasmanian timber company Gunns. About 80 people owed money by the former timber giant attended a second creditors meeting in Launceston today, organised by administrator PBB Advisory. "The creditors resolved unanimously to wind up the Gunns group of companies," PPB's Daniel Bryant told reporters. Mr Bryant said PPB, now the liquidator, would examine whether recovery could include action against former directors. Creditors had been offered little choice after a detailed report from PPB released last week found they were unlikely to see any money. The report concluded Gunns has debts of about $3 billion and recommended liquidation. It said workers' entitlements, totalling about $10 million, would be paid.
Bob McMahon vowed a pulp mill would never happen in Tasmania.
When Bob McMahon saw the environmental havoc caused by a pulp mill in Chile he vowed it wouldn't happen in Tasmania.
AT THE height of the Tasmanian pulp mill protest, Bob McMahon's phone would start ringing at 6am and wouldn't stop until midnight. McMahon was the go-to man everyone would call about the $2.3 billion project at Bell Bay first proposed in 2004 by the giant timber company, Gunns.
Back then, the project was hailed by federal government, with then prime minister John Howard pledging to throw in $5 million as a pre-election sweetener. Opposition leader Mark Latham also backed the mill as a big plus for the island state's environment and economy. The Tasmanian government welcomed it, as did the Chamber of Commerce, but McMahon's small band of protesters - under the banner of TAP (Tasmanians Against the Pulp mill) - would not go away and their campaign became one of the longest and most divisive in Australian history.
Tasmanians protest against the pulp mill.
McMahon's wife, Susie, says her husband became the voice of the protest movement because he could ''think on his feet''. She recalls the media would often ring early in the morning and McMahon would ''get straight out of bed, open his eyes and give a quote that made sense''.
Their Launceston home became TAP campaign headquarters and month after month, year after year, the couple became a contact point for the community. McMahon, a rock-climbing instructor, grew from a crowd-shy outdoors bloke, a former kid with a stutter, to a leader who addressed hundreds of rallies and meetings so effectively that the 137-year-old Gunns company, also plagued by dropping pulp prices and the high Australian dollar, eventually buckled.
We are pleased to announce Bob McMahaon is the 2012 Tasmanian Times Tasmanian Of The Year
Tasmanian Times always supported TAP and our struggle against the pulp mill. Tasmanian Times provides a forum for all of us. We are more than happy to be hosting this year's 'Tasmanian Of The Year Award'. Our guests for the evening are the Tasmanian Times Editor Lindsay Tuffin and previous Tasmanian Of The Year winner Dr Alison Bleaney. Our special guest speaker is Dr Warwick Raverty. Rosevears Waterfront Tavern 215 Rosevears Drive 6.30 for 7.00pm.
Gunns has no pulse. They have been in a stock trading halt for so long their share price shows a flat line. Where are their loyal friends now? People like Giddings, Hodgman, The Examiner, Southern Cross Television, the TCCI and the other rabid pulp mill zealots.
Gunns are trying to raise $400 million which is as much as they are losing EVERY YEAR. They are $800 million in debt and they want to make bleached Kraft pulp that is declining in demand by 8% a year. Workers in Brazil making pulp earn 25% of what Australian workers get. Gunns want to make electricity by burning trees although Tasmania now has an electricity glut.
The campaign against the 'Richard Chandler Capital Corporation' investing in the corrupt pulp mill had only just started. Now Greg L'Estrange has blamed the Greens for Gunns failing 'due diligence'. It's about time L'Estrange blamed himself for once. He's not polluting Bass Strait or the Tamar Valley to help Tasmania. If Gunns finds another financier the same thing will happen.
Mercury February 8 2012 Advocate February 15 2012
JOHN GAY TO FACE THE SUPREME COURT IN LAUNCESTON ON APRIL 16 CHARGED WITH 'INSIDER TRADING'
DECEMBER 12 2011- LAUNCESTON CITY COUNCIL REJECTS PECK'S MOTION TO SUPPORT THE PULP MILL