Classifieds 1300 306 222 Monday, July 7, 2008 Price $1.20 ‘It’s very sad and I’m very, very upset that this is happening, but I’ve done the best I can and Gunns has actually been losing large amounts for running those mills for four months.’ — Gunns chief John Gay John Gay sheds jobs loss blameBy RAELENE MOREY GUNNS Ltd executive chair- supply deal to Auspine in January last year. But the State Government hit back yesterday, Primary Indus- Exeter supermarket owner Peter Freeland sifts through his fire-damaged stock yesterday. Playing the odds was playing with fire for Exeter owner By PETER SANDERS PETER Freeland thought long and Picture: SCOTT GELSTON started in the supermarket storeroom about 4.15pm on Saturday. tries Minister David Llewellyn hard about loss-of-trade insurance It destroyed up to $10,000 of stock man John Gay has blamed the He said former State timber there and caused smoke damage to an State Government for the loss of resource manager Rayonier’s saying the deal had been a when he took over the IGA Value Plus commercial decision at arms as yet undetermined amount of shelf 145 jobs at its Scottsdale saw- decision to award almost supermarket at Exeter a year ago. length from Government after a stock in the supermarket itself. mills. 300,000 tonnes of softwood tim- The supermarket had been in his Mr Freeland said that the fire was Mr Gay said yesterday that ber a year to Auspine’s biggest fair and open tender process. family for more than 40 years, with contained to the storeroom, thanks to workers, who will lose their jobs competitor, Forest Enterprises never a claim relating to fire or water so the efforts of neighbouring hardware on Friday, would still be em- Australia, had directly contrib- READ CONTINUES, Page 2; he played the odds, but lost. retailer Bill Green. ployed if the State Government uted to the closure of the MORE SCOTTSDALE PLAN; Page 3 Police are investigating a fire that CONTINUES: Page 2 had awarded a crucial log Tonganah sawmill. 2 — THE EXAMINER, Monday, July 7, 2008 OUR MISSION: TO PRODUCE A QUALITY NEWSPAPER Gay blames Government over Auspine jobs FROM PAGE 1 pening but I’ve done the best was appropriate for dis- knowing they were going to THAT BUILDS ITS COMMUNITY I can and Gunns has actually cussion at the time. He called lose their jobs sometime or ‘‘Over the last 17 months been losing large amounts for me to discuss the pulp mill another, I tried to do the most The weather the State Government has worked hard to ensure ad- running those mills for four and he only gave me half an to get a pulp mill up. equate log supplies to months,’’ Mr Gay said. hour. That wasn’t long,’’ Mr ‘‘I thought that we’d have TODAY: Auspine in order to protect He could not say why the Gay said. had a pulp mill started and Launceston: Showers, 14; jobs in the North-East,’’ Mr sawmill workers had found He criticised the length of those jobs would’ve been North-West: Showers, 14; East Llewellyn said. out about the mill closure time it had taken to assess covered. Coast: Mainly fine, 15. Mr Gay said that since through the media and not Gunns’ $2 billion Bell Bay ‘‘But I haven’t got one FORECASTS: Page 36 Gunns took over Auspine’s directly from the company, pulp mill, and said if it was started and any project that’s and admitted he could have up and running it would have taken four years to get ap- The outlook two sawmills in February they had run at a loss, but informed Premier David provided job security to provals, no wonder I haven’t would not say how much it Bartlett about the closure of Auspine workers. got the project started.’’ Tomorrow Wednesday Thursday had cost Gunns. the mill at their meeting two ‘‘I’ve been working my butt A Forestry Tasmania ‘‘It’s very sad and I’m very, weeks ago. off trying to get a pulp mill so spokesman could not be con- very upset that this is hap- ‘‘I didn’t even consider it all those people have a job, tacted for comment. Dorset Rain clearing Fine Showers Playing the 14 14 13 INDEX odds was Births, Deaths .................................31 Comics ............................................37 Crosswords......................................47 playing with fire needs new Editorial ...........................................14 Finance..............................................x FROM PAGE 1 Letters......................................14, 15 ‘‘He’s a local hero really angle On The Spot ...................................14 and was in (the storeroom) with a fire extinguisher try- Sudoku ............................................47 ing to put the fire out before Stars................................................37 the lads from the volunteer Television ......................21-22, 27-28 fire brigade arrived and ex- tinguished it — they did a Weather...........................................36 great job,’’ he said. By RACHAEL BRAIN World...............................................16 ‘‘But some smoke drifted THE Dorset Economic Develop- through the shop too and it ment Group has called for more looks like being Thursday of funding and a focus on develop- Friday before we’ll be able ing alternative employment Your numbers to reopen. ‘‘That’s only a short time, Peter Freeland surveys his fire-damaged storeroom at the IGA supermarket at Exeter. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON opportunities in the wake of the closure of the Gunns Tonganah ® SATURDAY TATTSLOTTO draw 2813 — Drawn so it’s not the end of the hill from the golf club, you from friends and customers sawmill. world.’’ could see the smoke billow- about a pending fire sale. numbers: 9, 31, 20, 40, 45, 3. Supps: 8, 44. Group chairman John Mr Freeland said that he ing from the building.’’ G Meanwhile, a New Nor- Division 1 prize pool: $4 million. was at a sponsors’ day at folk furniture warehouse Williams said the best option for It is understood that pol- ® SUPER 66 — 5, 1, 4, 0, 3, 3. Exeter Golf Club when the ice are keen to talk to a suffered damage estimated the region’s economy was to fire started. youth who was seen at $250,000 in a fire that ensure that new opportunities ‘‘I was handing out running from the super- started about 7pm on were explored and that the pro- vouchers as prizes for market in white board Saturday. cess of establishing new people to come and shop shorts and an orange It is understood that enterprises was made simple. FACEBOOK has nothin’ with us — they can’t come T-shirt a few minutes be- very cold conditions to do with the library and this week now,’’ he said. fore smoke was seen caused water in the ‘‘Adequate funding of the local everything to do with emanating from the store- firemen’s hoses to freeze, economic development body is a exposin’ you, says ‘‘I asked a mate to take my clubs home for me and room. making efforts to battle the critical need if new industries DANIELLE BLEWETT. It are to be attracted to the region,’’ is a Web site where you he returned a few minutes Mr Freeland hasn’t lost fire difficult. stick pictures and later to tell me that my his sense of humour The Tasmania Fire Ser- Mr Williams said. anecdotes about yourself store was on fire. though, and spent much of vice is continuing its inves- ‘‘Dorset EDG has the local in order to attract friends. ‘‘As we drove down the yesterday replying to quips tigation. knowledge and networks in place Page 15 to help develop new Awards to St Marys Pass opportunities . . . but to do this it needs a secure and ongoing fund- ing commitment from the CALL US: 6336 7111 EDITORIAL: and Meander Dam projects Government.’’ Mr Williams said the group LAUNCESTON: 6336 7354 INNOVATION and excel- valued up to $1 million, was 12,000cu m of water and had made significant contri- DEVONPORT: 6421 5788 lence in the construction in- won for work completed on uses bioreaction and sand butions towards a regional plan ST HELENS: 6376 1900 dustry was recognised at the St Marys Pass in the wake of filter cells. to develop large scale irrigation HOBART: 6211 1501 Civil Contractors Federation the 2006 bushfires that infrastructure in the region, and E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Category three was won by Tasmanian Earth Awards caused the road to become the Russell Recirculation supported Dorset Council’s calls Letters: email@example.com for 2008 yesterday. susceptible to landslides and Hatchery at Lonnavale, for urgent attention to transport Sports results: firstname.lastname@example.org Sports hotline: 1300 881 288 The four category winners rockfalls. south of Hobart, part of infrastructure in the region, in- ADVERTISING: were involved in construc- The main work on the St Huon Aquaculture, for using cluding a call for the ‘‘goat track’’ Classifieds/personal announcements: tion contracts ranging from Marys Pass project included the latest technology to between Launceston and E-mail: email@example.com $500,000 to more than $75 rock scaling and batter minimise environmental im- Scottsdale to be upgraded to a 1300 306 222 treatment, tree removal and pacts on the Russell River. level suitable to carry heavy Display ads: Launceston: 6336 7261; million, with the awards de- signed to highlight excel- rock netting. 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