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press release,16 march 2004

John Gay Visits Blue Tier Willing To Walk Away?!

Hope Now Lies With Word From Ministers Jackson And Green

Friends of the Blue Tier, maintaining a community vigil at the historic Anchor Road coupe on the Blue Tier, were astounded yesterday when Gunns CEO John Gay arrived and told locals that it wasn’t his decision to log the Blue Tier but that 'Forestry Tasmania tells us where to log,'.

Friends of the Blue Tier spokesperson Lesley Nicklason said that this refocused attention on Minister Judy Jackson, as Gunns appear to be willing to walk away if the Minister will signal that the Blue Tier can be set aside and a Public Land Use Inquiry undertaken and also emphasized the need for Minister Green to officially implement Break O'Day Council's request for a moratorium on all logging on the Tier.

'John Gay spoke with locals today. Locals who care about their water, who have been testing water up here for the last five years. Who love the Blue Tier and who are proud of the Blue Tier and who are staying here on Anchor Road hoping against hope that Judy Jackson will be the circuit breaker in this situation and tell us soon that the Blue Tier is off the list for clear felling.' Ms Nicklason said.

'Everyone is up in arms because everything has been done according to democratic principles to put in place the strongest, soundest community message which is that the Blue Tier is a place for the people and we want our catchment preserved and promoted.'

'We implore Ministers’ Green and Jackson sign off on the Moratorium and the Public Land Use Inquiry and let us know that the government is listening to the people.'

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

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