WHY Labor Leader Bryan Green apparently did little to help Forestry Tasmania get the mothballed Triabunna woodchip mill reopened will be probed.
A parliamentary inquiry starting today will cover what Opposition leader Bryan Green and the former government did to ensure the Triabunna mill reopened in accordance with the forest peace deal.
A parliamentary inquiry starting today will also cover what Mr Green and the former government did to ensure the mill reopened in accordance with the forest peace deal.
Mr Green said he remained disappointed efforts to get the mill operating were “frustrated” by its owners (wealthy environmentalists Jan Cameron and Graeme Wood).
The Advocate obtained letters that showed FT’s efforts to get the mill restarted appeared to have been ignored by Triabunna Investments, a Cameron-Wood vehicle.
Triabunna Investments in 2011 called for tenders to reopen the mill.
FT offered to do so if it could not find another operator.
Three months later, FT’s then-managing director, Bob Gordon, wrote to Triabunna Investments about having heard nothing back.
Triabunna Investments last month said it received no economically viable tender.
The mill is still closed.
It was reportedly trashed last year to ensure it could not be used for forestry without major expenditure.
Mr Green said FT’s board decided to express interest.
Mr Green, who was resources minister at the time, said he was briefed on that, and encouraged FT.
“I supported the decision, but suggestions that ministers should interfere in the transactions between a GBE and a business goes beyond ministerial responsibility,” he said.
“I was, and remain, disappointed that efforts to get the mill going failed and were frustrated by the mill owners.”
Mr Green said he would be happy to answer any questions.
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