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To enquiry@rpdctasgovau From Mark Lowndes Dear Director, This

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To:   enquiry@rpdc.tas.gov.au
From: Mark Lowndes


Dear Director,

This letter is on behalf of the citizens OPPOSING THE PULPMILL of ST. HELENS "DOWN
WINDERS" from your proposed mill, we wish this emai lto be logged in your public reaction report, we
require a signed response from you addressing our concerns.

WE OPPOSE THE EFFECTS THIS MILL WILL HAVE UPON OUR HERITAGE, THE FORESTS,
THE OCEAN AND OUR AIR.

We DEMAND the board address the issue of primary importance - HUMAN LIFE AND HEALTH IS
MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU AND THE GOVERNMENT OF TASMANIA AND AUSTRALIA
THAN PROFITS AND JOBS TO A FEW SELECT INDIVIDUALS, AND THAT THE ONGOING
LONGTERM MULTI GENERATIONAL EFFECTS OF DIOXINS AND OTHER POLLUTANTS IN
THE HUMAN GENECTIC STRUCTURE ARE PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO
GENERATION.

WE ARE VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED DUE TO THE DAMAGE TO THE FISHING INDUSTRY
THESE POLLUTANTS WILL CAUSE, TIDAL MOVEMENTS AND CURRENTS FROM THE
MILL WASH THROUGH ST.GEORGES BAY AND SURROUNDING FISHING GROUNDS
CONTAMINATING FISHING AND THE LOSS OF FISHING INDUSTRY JOBS AS WELL AS
THE LONG TERM GENETIC POLLUTION OF FISH WHICH WE ALL EAT AND WILL BE
EXPORTING TO OTHERS TO EAT.

POISONING AUSTRALIANS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME FOR YOUR SHORT TERM
PROFIT IS NOT ON, WE DEMAND THIS PULPMILL NOT GO AHEAD, ALL PERMITS,
LICENCES BE REVOKED.

The effects that the proposed Pulp Mill will have on the Tamar River Valley are well documented – 30
billion litres of polluted (containing organochlorine compounds including dioxins) water discharged into
Bass Straight annually – 100,000 kilos of particulates released into the atmosphere annually – and up to
10,000 litres annually of toxic leachate will enter groundwater from the landfill site.

For residents of the Break O’Day Municipality there are also many concerns…

Effects of the proposed PULPMILL……………
* 80% reliant on native forest – 70% of which will be sourced from the northeast forest.
    (Gunns require 30 years access to native forest as part of the Integrated Impact Statement (IIS)

*Even after the pulpmill is operating, exports of woodchips will remain at between 2 – 3 million tonnes
per annum – making a total woodchipping level of 7,000,000 tonnes per annum, compared with the
current level of about 5,000,000 tonnes per annum.

*A 20-year agreement has been reached with Forestry Tasmania to supply millions of tonnes of trees
from Tasmania’s State Forests (these forests are Public Land – the peoples forests). This agreement is
for BOTH the pulpmill and continued export woodchipping. The public release of the details of
this agreement (price, volumes and source) is protected through “commercial in confidence” provisions.
*Within the IIS there is no discussion of the impacts this level of logging of native forests will have on
the forests themselves and their environmental and community values.

High conservation value forests such as the slopes of the Blue Tier, South Sister, Ben Lomond and
coastal forests will be targeted by the pulp mill. Up to 700 log trucks per day (mostly carrying logs but
also wood waste and chemicals) will travel to the pulp mill when it is in full swing… up to 70% of the
log trucks will be travelling through the northeast on narrow winding roads. (Examiner article 090806)

Plantation establishment in Break O’Day is impacting on farms and rural communities – #since 1986
the number of farms has decreased by 20% Statewide – traditional farmers cannot compete with the big
dollars that Managed Investment Schemes (MIS) plantation companies are able to pay. Plantation
establishment is driven by 100% tax-free investment. (no other crop attracts this benefit)

   # “MIS schemes for plantations can only guarantee one result, a massive land grab at taxpayers
expense

- the land price distortion will have long negative effects for agriculture” (Robert Belcher – Sustainable
Agriculture Communities Australia)

Gunns require a further 50,000 hectares of plantation for the proposed mill – there are already
approximately 240,000 hectares of plantation in Tasmania Plantations

•   draw significantly more ground water than mixed age native forests
•   result in siltation of water courses and accelerated flow as ground cover and understorey are
    removed prior to planting
•   rely on heavy chemical use – herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides and 1080 to control
    browsing animals
•   result in chemical contamination of water and soil
•   deplete nutrients in the soil
•   result in the introduction of weeds and diseases such as phytothera
•   result in the destruction of humus and organic matter from initial and subsequent burning off.
•   Emphasise low-value products – woodchips
•   Are much less labour intensive due to mechanisation
•   Removal of native forest results in loss of species habitat and is increasing the risk of extinction of
    native species such as the wedge tailed eagle

Please dutifully reply to this letter of concern noting that OUR AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS
CONCERNS HAVE BEE NNOTED AND DUTY OF CARE HAS BEE NEXERCISED IN
ADDRESSING OUR CONCERNS.

Sincerely,

East Coast Tasmanians Against Pulpmill.

								
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