Save the Bustard

Ian Beale from Mungallala, SW Queensland, emailed me this picture with the headline: Save the poor bustard – stop tree thickening. He also wrote, Our area has the widespread problem of thickening of woody species, but we have an increasing number of these birds in areas where timber has been controlled. One of our older […]

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Just Released on Parks & Weeds

National Parks Reviewed: My colleague Jim Hoggett who worked for the Commonwealth Treasury for 16 years and now runs a successful cheese producing goat farm in north-eastern NSW has just written “The Uses and Value of National Parks: Does More Mean Worse?” The 15 pager is well worth a read. It includes the comment: “Given […]

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3 Messages from Noeline

Noeline Franklin lives in the High Country and sent me the following three images/messages today: On drought, View image. On carrbon trading, View image. Coroner faces hearing, View image. Each image is 70-80 Kb.

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What About Water Desalination?

Brisbane’s newspaper the Courier Mail published an opinion piece by me today titled “Drip-fed figures“. I raised the issued of desalination. Is it an option for Australian cities? Anyway, the piece begins: “Late last month Queensland Premier Peter Beattie announced $2.3 billion worth of new water projects � the water component of the 20-year southeast […]

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Tall Trees

This is my first trip to Tassie. I have sat through speeches from the Prime Minister and Premier Paul Lennon and today watched a helicopter carrying Kim Beazley rise above the Tahune Forest Reserve. What I will probably remember most though,is the sheer size of the trees. I am still coming to grips with the […]

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Rethinking Environmentalism

Following is an extract from my speech to the Timber Communities Australia Conference in Launceston, Tasmania: “It is a fact of life that if you don’t have your own clear plan, your own vision, you will likely be recruited into implementing someone else’s plan. Organizations such as WWF and Greenpeace don’t undertake much tree-planting or […]

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Newest Tassie Forestry Deal

Yesterday the front page of Tasmania’s Examiner read “End of war in Tassie’s forests?”. Today it is “Policy cut down: Environment groups attack forestry plan.” The war was meant to end in 1997 with the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA). But the campaigning never stopped. In the deal signed on Friday between Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon […]

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Here’s to a logger …

I’m in Launceston, Tasmania attending the National Conference of Timber Communities Australia (TCA). It will be opened this morning by the PM, John Howard. I got my conference bag last night. It’s contents included a stubbie holder with the verse: Here’s to a logger Who fills a need From houses to paper From one little […]

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Counting Koalas

There are competing theories about how male koalas go about procreating. The ‘king koala’ theory proposes that a powerful male dominates breeding and ‘holds the fabric of koala society in the palm of his mighty paw’, to quote Koala expert Dr Bill Ellis. In contrast the ‘traveling salesman’ model suggests that well, it can be […]

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