Government pays loggers to monitor loggers

‘Timber Towns’ an industry PR group, funded by the logging industry, has set up its own group of logging advisors to help those wanting to log private land. They call them “Forest Practitioners” (nice). The State Government gave yet more of our money to this mob to train a few people to oversee logging on behalf of Shire Councils. Councils have the responsibility to ensure logging on private land is all above board and abides by all sorts of regulations and Codes. It’s no secret how easy it is to make excuses for breaches to such regulations. Mostly, Councils don’t have the time, resources, knowledge let alone the will to go checking on private logging operations. So the logging industry kindly offered to train its own bods to help landowners wanting to clearfell their bush. Does this sound a little like the Tasmanian scenario?

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