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					                                          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




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                                                             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
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                                                              Playing the
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                                                              odds was
   Births, Deaths .................................31
   Comics ............................................37
   Crosswords......................................47
                                                              playing
                                                              with fire
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                                                                                                                                                                 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

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