The Mercury. MATT SMITH | November 23, 2012 12.01am
A PRO-FORESTRY campaigner gatecrashed a news conference by former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown yesterday, accusing him of putting trees before families, jobs and economic wellbeing.
As signatories of the long-awaited forests peace agreement talked up the deal, the story of Claremont mum Kelly Wilton highlighted the problems that continue to plague the industry.
Mrs Wilton, whose family has been hit by unemployment within the industry, took the opportunity to tell Dr Brown what she thought of the Greens and anti-forestry activists.
"What's more important, my family, my family's future or a couple of trees?" she said.
"My tactic is to fight and fight for my family."
As the creator of the Facebook page called Support Tassie's Timber Industry Like They've Supported Tassie for Years, the mother of two said environmentalists had cost her everything.
"I have gone through a marriage separation earlier in the year, my ex-husband is a logger," she said.
"I have lost $80,000 in assets in my home on a block of land in a rural area because house prices have just plummeted
"Nobody wants to live where there is no work. My son has lost an apprenticeship that was reliant on maintenance from the logging industry."
The former Bushy Park resident said she had never worked in the forest industry.
"But because of the flow-on effect I have lost the job that I had in a metropolitan area because the building industry is suffering," she said.
"I've got to a point where we sit back and do nothing now and we allow these Greens and enviro-Nazis to walk over us again and again.
We have tried that for the last 30 years and this is where it has got us.
"It is time to take a stand and time to come out fighting."
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The image above is of Kelly with her son Kai.
Kelly Wilton is passionate about the Tasmanian timber industries including the greens closing a large part of the timber industry in which she lost her house and husband because of the green group tactics in closing a large part of the Tasmanian timber industry. The anti Development groups have a great deal of respect and admiration for Kelly.
One environmental leader outlined it to me very simply. He said to me, 'Why do you think we ask people to chain themselves to machines down at Ta Ann?' [A manufacturer, not a logger, who's machines can only process regrowth or plantation small diameter logs]I said, 'Obviously you're trying to generate publicity, and through publicity get people to focus on the issue. That will build public support and put pressure on politicians to reserve the areas you think should be reserved, and it will dramatise the issue'.'
He said, 'We couldn't care less about any of that. All we need to do is show that there's a controversy.>> READ MORE HERE
In the past all Tasmanian magistrates have been far to lenient with protesters in Tasmania, and the public are getting very sick of these people breaking the law and getting away with no or very light penalties against the protesters. I wonder how magistrates would feel and the penalties that would be handed out if protesters interrupted their place of work, the court room, This would be a looked upon as a different matter and the protesters would receive the full penalty that the law could hand out. >> READ MORE HERE
An extremely interesting fact they provided was that the best habitat for devils and where you find the majority of them was in areas that have been harvested by forestry. They also said they have discovered that this is the fact for nearly all Tasmania's native species - I was truly amazed. They said you find very few devils in dense untouched forests.>> READ MORE HERE
This protestors camp shows how the green groups leave a site after they have finished a blockade, this blockade area was in the Upper Florentine, it was left abandoned with all rubbish, make-shift tents, barricades including the booby traped ram-rod set up and still in the set position, young trees had been cut down to make the tent supports, two larg trees had been cut down to block the roads, a booby trap system of wire rope that the protestors had positioned at the top of trees, . >> READ MORE HERE
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