Tiwi Islands – Northern Territory

Archive for September, 2009

DAFF approval of tiwi forest project under Ian MacDonald always excessive

Posted by tiwiccbb on September 25, 2009





Sites above contain endless company propaganda copy pasted and disseminated by Senator Ian MacDonald’s previous dept DAFF  for the failed Tiwi Forest “Project” (ie; 300sq kms of irreplaceable old growth Tiwi forests rapidly clear felled over 4 years under Ian MacDonald’s watch – for what…?)

from Tiwi Senate Hearings 2009 see site:  http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/commttee/S12232.pdf
“Senator IAN MACDONALD—Senator Troeth has clarified some of the issues. As you
gentlemen would know, I was the Minister for Forestry and Conservation and I was surprised at the Darwin hearings to be told that our department had put lots of money into it and very significantly supported it, but I think you have confirmed to Senator Troeth that the department of forestry had no financial involvement in this project. Is that correct?
Mr Quinlivan—Yes, that is correct.
Senator IAN MACDONALD—I seem to recall that I actually visited it as minister for forestry, and I was very, very supportive of what I think is a great project, but there was an allegation made that:
The department of forestry put out regular newsletters extolling how fantastic the Tiwi forestry project was and how it was setting a shining, new model for forestry activities on Indigenous lands in Northern Australia and how it was producing millions of dollars of benefits for traditional owners, including through the sale of logs to Asia.
I certainly hope we did that and that we were supporting it, but my recollection is that perhaps it was in a departmental newsletter once or twice but that there was no long involvement of the department in the Tiwi Islands forestry project. Do you recall?… ”



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Tiwi low quality Plantations Face Grim Future September 09

Posted by tiwiccbb on September 14, 2009


Future grim for Tiwi plantation


September 11th, 2009

THE Tiwi forestry plantation seems doomed to collapse after a banking consortium withdrew support yesterday.

Great Southern ran the enterprise until it went bust earlier this year.

The Tiwi Land Council had hoped to find a new operator and keep the plantation going.

But the banking consortium – CBA, ANZ, Mizuho Corporate Bank and Bank of Western Australia – said it would only support the project until September 30.

Land council chairman Robert Tipungwuti accused the banks of being “cents-wise, dollar-dumb”.

He said the price of woodchips on the world market guaranteed the banks would ultimately “realise their investment”.

Mr Tipungwuti said the 30,000ha forest was now in danger of being wiped out by bushfires.

“The Tiwi forest is different to the other Great Southern projects,” Mr Tipungwuti said. “It is on Aboriginal land.

“Since the receivers were appointed, Tiwi people have worked with technical experts – formerly Great Southern employees – to maintain the environment through fire and weed control.

“This small and effective team should be left in place during the rest of the fire season and throughout the following wet season, for both environmental and financial reasons.”

The Environment Centre said the business model for the forestry was based on tax breaks and harvesting high-value eucalypts, not on woodchips.

Co-ordinator Stuart Blanch said: “Locals tell us the variety of acacia seed used was wrong, the trees haven’t been pruned enough … and there isn’t enough rainfall during the dry season to get the year-round growth needed.”

“We think there are more jobs in returning the plantation to bush than trying to keep a white elephant afloat,” he said.

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