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press release, 4 march, 2004

250 Turn Out For The Tier!

Launceston Lunchtime Rally Bigger Then Ben Hur .....

Friends of the Blue Tier were amazed and overjoyed with the turnout for the Rally for the Blue Tier that was held at 12.30pm in Civic Square, Launceston today.

Graham Green of Timber Workers for Forests was guest speaker and spoke passionately about the impact that clearfelling was having on genuine bushmen who were losing out on their traditional resource.

Organisers would have been happy with 100 seeing as the rally was only announced last week but said that the larger than expected turnout showed how strong community feeling was for the Blue Tier area in the state’s north east.

'Today was all about a show of support for the Blue Tier and sending a clear message to those who are deciding its fate that local government, community groups, recreation groups, and private citizens were all bewildered by the decision to log Anchor Road coupe in the eco-tourism heart of the Blue Tier,' a spokesperson said.

'If the clearfelling of this coupe is still on the cards next week we'll be back with more people and more voices.'

Graham Green of Timberworkers for Forests was more direct in his criticism of practices.

'We are destroying the old Tasmania through the clear felling of these historic areas. We are trampling on the very fabric of our rural communities and if we continue this destruction we will end with bland plantations and no trace of the rich rural communities that used to exist here,' Mr. Green said.

For further information contact Lesley Nicklason 6373 6195 or 0400 557 418

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