Grow For The Future
Ta Ann Tasmania commits to sustainable timber supply authorised by the Australian and Tasmanian governments
The Tasmanian Forest Agreement Bill has passed both Houses of the Tasmanian Parliament and will become Law. It is supported by an intergovernmental agreement signed on 2 May 2013 by the Prime Minister and Premier.
The Federal Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Forests outline the environmental, social and economic benefits of the Legislation and Agreement in this video.
Ta Ann Tasmania and its supplier Forestry Tasmania have committed to only sourcing timber from production zones authorised by the agreement and legislation.
TA ANN TASMANIA WELCOMES PEACE
“We are delighted that certainty has been returned to the industry and to national and international markets.” Mr. Robert Yong, General Manager Ta Ann Tasmania said.
The Company looks forward to also working with the State and Federal governments and Forestry Tasmania to implement the matters of agreement set out in the legislation.
“Ta Ann Tasmania thanks the Signatories for the years of hard work that has gone into this Forestry Agreement and particularly the support of the ENGO'S in the national and international market place" Mr. Yong concluded.
Ta Ann Tasmania will not process wood from areas subject to a boundary modification of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Ta Ann Tasmania has instructed our log supplier that we will not purchase any timber from any area within the nominated areas . This statement not to purchase wood from these areas was made publicly and under oath at a recent parliamentary hearing that is considering the reservation status of these areas. Our supplier has acknowledged in writing this instruction and confirmed it will not supply us wood from the nominated areas.
The areas of forest were nominated by the Australian Government on 31 January this year to be included in a minor boundary modification of the existing Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that already covers 1.4 million hectares including important areas of old growth tall eucalypt forests.
Ta Ann is a supporter of sustainable development and our two Tasmanian factories process only timber from forests authorised for harvest by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments, and based on the Tasmanian Forest Agreement signed between forest industry bodies and leading ENGOs, Australian Conservation Foundation, The Wilderness Society and Environment Tasmania . Our machines are designed for a log of maximum diameter of 70 cm so we cannot use old growth. Ta Ann Tasmania veneer is third party certified to meet the requirements of PEFC.
The three Signatory eNGO’s; Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Tasmania and the Wilderness society have written to Ta Ann customers on 21 March 2013, to report on the Australian government’s nomination of a minor boundary
modification of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
These leading environmental groups reported:
“Further we are pleased to report that Ta Ann Tasmania has repeatedly made a very clear commitment that it will not source any timber from any of the coupes associated with the World Heritage nomination … This commitment has been repeated by Ta Ann;
- directly to eNGO signatories to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement
- under oath several times before the Tasmanian Legislative Council Inquiry
- publicly via the media
Additionally, eNGOs have had confirmation of this commitment in personal communications from the land manager, Forestry Tasmania and we have sighted correspondence between Forestry Tasmania and Ta Ann Tasmania confirming that Ta Ann Tasmania that Ta Ann Tasmania will not receive any wood products from coupes associated with the World Heritage nomination submitted by the Commonwealth government in January.
“We have seen no evidence that would support the claim that Ta Ann Tasmania is continuing to source any timber from the coupes now associated with the World Heritage nomination.”
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