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last ditch plea from a forest This week on Stateline - a last ditch plea from a

last ditch plea contractors as

contractors as the banks

contractors as the banks close

to lose everything. in. If we continued on we stood

in. If we continued on we to lose everything. By stopping now we have a chance to save

it. &. A new battle over the now we have a chance to it. &. A new

it. &. A new battle over time Midland Highway bypass, this

Midland Highway bypass, time over historical

landscapes. What happens time over historical landscapes. What happens to time over

landscapes. What happens to that

that landscape? In my view that landscape? In my view it's gone. Welcome to Stateline.

Hello. I'm Airlie Ward. The

banks are closing in on Tasmania's forest contractors

as their debts crot continue to

grow. It's prompted the industry to force the forestry debate squarely into the

Federal election campaign. They want an immediate rescue

package, $50 million up-front,

and a further $1 million a week

indisefrntly to help keep

creditors at bay. It's hoped top level forestry will come up with an agreed top level forestry peace talks

restructure of the industry in the meantime. The National Forest Contractors Association

has taken its proposal to both

Labor and Liberal, but Labor and Liberal, but as Fiona

Breen reports there's been silence from both sides when it comes

comes to forest policy. Third generation logger

Kevin McCulloch has moved with

the times - first clear felling

and more recently native regrowth thing. It's this

flexibility that's put him and

at least three of the State's

four thinning operators in

financial peril. If I

continue on, I will probably -

the debt mounting up on the

debt I already have is just too

much. So I've been advised

through accountants and others

to continue would just be courting disaster. So I've actually parked my equipment. $2 million worth equipment. $2 million worth of

equipment lies idle. Some of

which was bought for a thinning contract which was bought for a native thinning contract with Forestry Tasmania, which collapsed in the suss stained downturn. A

desperate return to clear

felling failed, where the market would only take 60% of

his quote yafrmt If I continued

on my current contract at on my current contract at 100%,

volume which is not easily, - that's getting 100% of the

easy, monthly turnover would be

around $80,000 a month, and around $80,000 a month, and I

need - I think the figure is

about $120 to clear debt on a

monthly basis. For how

long? Until I can off-load

impossible at the moment equipment. That's near on

because all the deal deal verse

yards pull of equipment. They don't want yards pull of second-hand

any. Ordered to top working by

accountants, he's re sorted to

a one man firewood operation

for beer money, an intensely

publicly with east coast private man he is stepping up

contractor Rodney Wilson to highlight the plight of interest contractors in the lead-up to the Federal election. Together with elder brother Colin McCulloch, chairman of the Australian

Forrest, they're oosh sh - forest contractors Association I they're a I peeling to the

parties for immediate assistance. Tried to stay alive

financially has been absolutely

incredibly difficult. Trying to incredibly difficult. Trying to

keep our employees and our - I

guess our standing in the community has been

extraordinarily difficult as

well. And I think if - well. And I think if - if every

other contract or's in the same

space that I am, yeah, we're close.

close. In such dire industry circumstances, Colin McCulloch

involved in high-level talks involved has spoken out but those

between industry and conservationists keep their heads down. Colin McCulloch has

put a figure on the contract or's restructure

proposal. We've asked for a first upper mount of $50

million to be dispersed back

through our communities. And

then we will need $1 million a

week going forward until such time as this industry in Tasmania

Tasmania is retrured. What that know and if restructure looks like we don't

know and if it's signed off

tomorrow, next week or the week off, it's still going to take

some time for our industry to

settle and our industry to I

that some people are guess gain the social licence

seeking. $million a week, do you have a time limit on

that? Well, no. Because at the

end of the day this's what's

needed to keep these chaps and

their employees and their

communities in some sort of

fighting order. For just 12 fighting order. For just 12

months that would be over $100

million. It's a lot. It's a big

job. Maybe someone will realise

what happens in this State with

this industry. It's not an

for ambit claim. The alternative

for many in the industry is to

go under. And they say they

will take local communities

with them. At the end of with them. At the end of the

day, if Trioli, Scott dale or

geefstone lose nine or 10 businesses out of their communities, that is just an

unthinkable hole with no replacements. So there's a lot

of pressure on these talks to

come out with viable committed

long term structured industries. In October, east long term structured forest

coast logger Rod Wilson had 17

employees. That's now down to

for a long time. We needed

every effort to try immediate help which I made

12 months every effort to try to obtain

12 months ago. Been unable to

get that help and now there's a

spike in an upside as far spike in an upside as far as

a productivity goes. But we're in

a position whereby we're not productivity goes.

productivity goes. But we're in

able to take advantage of that upside because able to take advantage upside because of the position

that we're currently in. He that we're currently in. He can't afford to employ more people to s quota, nor can he afford to

use all his equipment.

use all his equipment. $1.8 million worth of use all his equipment. million worth of gear, much of million worth it bouthd for it bouthd for regrowth

thinning, is owned by the bank

and the and and the repayment demands keep

coming. Our position is particularly difficult in regard to particularly difficult in regard to trying to continue

in an effort to satisfy in an effort to in an effort to satisfy existing creditors. And to that

end we are trying very existing creditors. And to end we are trying very hard to trade our way out end we are trade our way out of the

difficulties that we've - and the problems we've incurred difficulties that we've during the downturn. Rodney

Wilson is desperate for the major political Wilson is desperate major political parties to

commit to an immediate rescue

package, so he can pay commit to an immediate package, so he can pay off package, so package, so he can pay off local creditors. Basically the local local creditors. Basically the

service providers that help us local creditors. Basically service providers that help us run our business on service providers that run our business on a day-to-day basis. Fuel suppliers, machinery maintenance expertise,

accounting costs, yeah that probably accounting probably the biggies an then

there's a lot of other little probably the biggies an there's a lot of other little

once. Are you looking for a there's a lot of once. Are you looking for a way out? My preference would once. Are you looking out? My preference would be to

continue to foster the ongoing activity of me business. Continue to activity of me business. Continue to employ

local people, continue to be part local people, continue

part of the local people, continue to be part of the community part of the community network

as such. That would be my

preference. However, we do need

to look at all options and to look at to look at all options and make sensible business

decisions. Colin McCulloch's confident his national appeal this week won't affect the

contentious peace talks which are contentious peace talks are ongoing. That assistance proposal, that's not a sticking proposal, that's proposal, that's not a sticking point in these point in these secret talks? Not at all. No. It's actually talks? Not at all. No. It's actually separated out now with 1,200% support from these talks. And 1,200% support from

talks. And - 100% support talks. And - 100% support from these talks. The next challenge is to talks. And - 100% support from these is to convince our these talks. The next challenge is to convince our political

masters that in the interim

while we're waiting for what while we're waiting for what we might term the might term the new forestry industry, these are the sorts

of funds that are need today keep up industry, these are the sorts of keep up work ready. So you're

saying move forward with this proposal now, keep the saying move forward proposal now, keep the talks

going even if it takes quite a

bit longer? But get this money out? This money is late. This money is desperately late. If out? This money is late. This money is desperately late. If it's not announced

it's not announced soon, it may

end up being too late for

some. It must be an incredible

stress. It is, extremely. It

puts a lot of pressure on my puts a lot puts a lot of pressure on my

family. Which has been pretty

difficult. But we had to make

a hard decision and, as I say, a hard decision a hard decision and, as I say,

if we continued on we stood to

lose everything. By

lose everything. By stopping now we have a chance to save a now now we have a chance to save a

bit. On day 21 of the election

bit. On day 21 of the campaign, Prime Minister Julia

Gillard says it's all about campaign, Prime Minister Julia

Gillard says it's all about the economy. The Opposition argues

Labor's handling of economy. The Opposition Labor's handling of the schools

stimulus program is evidence it's not fit to look after stimulus program is

it's not fit to look after the country's finances. The

Government commissioned an

inquiry into the controversial

program was released today. It found fewer program was released found fewer than 3% of found fewer than 3% of school

projects are the subject of projects official complaints. And has

recommended it continue. Julia

Gillard says she's learned recommended it continue. Julia Gillard says she's learned some lessons, Gillard says she's

lessons, but would launch the program all over again if it

lessons, but would program all over again if it meant avoiding recession meant avoiding recession during Heather crisis. Political editor a global financial

Heather Ewart reports. crisis. Political a global financial

We made a judgment to invest We made a judgment in schools

in schools and to avoid

recession. Waste is never recession. Waste is

justified. Waste is never justified. We

justified. We have received justified. We have 254

254 complains which is 2.7% of all all schools. It was one of

those days when the business oft government merged with all schools. It was one of

oft government merged with the

election campaign. Can I start

by saying that I welcome this

report. I welcome the scrutiny by saying that I welcome report. I welcome

that this by saying that I welcome this

report. I welcome the scrutiny that this report brings. It has

14 recommendations and the

re-elected Government accepts them all if

each re-elected we will implement Government accepts them

re-elected we will implement

on the Government's school each of them. An interim report

buildings stimulus program - BER - by BER -

banker Brad Augustle banker Brad released this morning and dominated questioning of Julia Gillard on the campaign

trail. Did some things go wrong? Yes, they did and I've

acknowledged that wrong? Yes, acknowledged that publicly. The insulation scheme became a

mess. I obviously wanted to make sure we had more of make sure we had more of a

focus on value make sure we had

focus on value for money in building the education revelation. That's why I

created the

created the taskforce led by created the taskforce led by Mr Organisele. The majority of the game Organisele. The majority of the

game s raised are about fall game s raised game s raised are about fall more money.N'T And he concludes

that the valid complains by the

schools are in the order of

that the valid complains schools are in the schools are in the order of 2.7%. Now, sure, not s have complained about their

that project. But that doesn't mean project. But project. But that doesn't mean

that value for money has been

achieved. In the scheme

things, complaints by 2.7% things, complaints by 2.7% of

the 9,000 schools around the the country doesn't sound a lot. the 9,000 schools around the

But in an election campaign, But it's apparently still enough But in an election campaign,

for Opposition to make

for Opposition to make this But in an election campaign,

claim - it will repeat right up

to election claim -

to election day. The Orgill

that Julia report seems to demonstrate

that Julia Gillard is not to election day. The Orgill report seems

that Julia Gillard is not fit

to be a Minister, let alone the Prime Minister of this

Prime Minister of this country. to be a Minister, let

If you can't be trusted If you can't be trusted to

manage a $16 billion manage a $16 billion program properly, you manage a $16 billion properly, you certain ly can't

be trusted to manage be trusted to manage the $350 billion a year Budget of

billion a year Budget of the

Commonwealth properly. But

there is one very crucial point

the Opposition Leader ig noers

and one the Government can reelthly and one the Government can the Opposition Leader ig and one the that reelthly be relieve about -

that is, despite that is, despite the complaints reelthly be relieve about -

the report makes this the report observation is that this conclusion. Our overall

Australia-wide program is

delivering much needed infrastructure to school delivering much needed communities while

communities while achieve ing

the primary goal of communities while achieve ing

the primary goal of economic activity across the nation. Of

activity course from this

course from this report we have

course from this report we have course from

learned learned some lessons. And the

lessons that we have learned go learned some lessons. And lessons that we have learned go

to the execution of the

to the execution of the program, excuse for the future

which is where Mr Olgill's recommendation come in. But I which is where Mr recommendation come

want to say this very clearly -

I made a judgment about saving the country from I made a judgment

the country from recession by investing in schools. I stand investing in by that

by that judgment and I make it again today. Of the by that judgment and I would investing in schools. I stand

make

2.7% of complaips, half were

about NSW schools. The about complaints are

concentrated in the NSW about NSW schools. The concentrated in the complaints are very

concentrated in the NSW system. If you look beyond, that If you look beyond, that 8 0% concentrated in the NSW system.

of of the program, there's very

of the program, there's few complaints therefore of the program, there's very

few complaints therefore the implementation looks to have

gone smoothly. With that the gone smoothly. With that campaign moved on.

campaign moved on. Julia

Gillard was in her home town of Gillard

Melbourne. Very dramatic the

choice for the 21st of Melbourne. Very dramatic the August. Are you choice for the 21st of

barbies every August. Are you having

choice for the 21st of

August. Are you having

barbies every night. I I am not

barbies every night. I I am not sure the bosses are agreeing

with that. You have a lovely sure the bosses are agreeing

day. Thank with that. You have a lovely

day. Thank you. I think it's

Abbott time for a cup of tea. Tony

Abbott was on the trail in Tasmania These cauliflower

ears are not just the result of packing down in too many packing down in too many scrums

they are teeth they are the result of his

they are the result of his teeth chewing my

teeth chewing

teeth chewing my ear. Warrior, I can remember a good I I can remember a good book

called battle lines. I called battle lines. I think harry yet is probably thinking

to herself why am I being

surrounded by all to herself why

surrounded by all these funny to herself why am I being

surrounded by all these funny people. And political leaders of days surrounded by all these funny people. And of days gone by seem to of days gone by seem to be everywhere. Please of days gone by everywhere. Please believe that

we can win this we can we can win this election.

Please believe that. Is the Please Please believe that. Is the Coalition ready for

Government? No. No? No. Are you frustrated that you have

had distractions, the had distractions, the Rudd

factor, constant ges about Kevin had distractions, the Rudd

Kevin Rudd? Has that taken away

valuable time for you? How I am

feeling is full of vim,

valuable time for you? How I feeling is full of vim, vigour and fight. Whatever the feeling is full of and fight. Whatever the voters

view on this campaign and it's view on this view on this campaign and it's

unusual twists and turns after a High Court view on this campaign and it's

a High Court decision today more Australians will now be able to vote on August 21. That's because legislative

changes brought in by the

Howard Government to force the closure of the electoral roll on the day election writs on the day election writs are issued have been ruled un constitutional. There are

100,000 people who will now be

on the roll that wouldn't have otherwise been there and in a

very, very tight election

scenario that could absolutely make the

make the difference. Could that

explain why the Opposition is

very lukewarm about the ruling?

And Labor is celebrating. The

State Government is backing

away from a controversial of the Midland Highway upgrades

not because it will affect

Aboriginal heritage but because

of the evident on European

historical sites. Yet the Government remains firm nits

decision to build a bridge over

decision to build a bridge over

a site of Aboriginal relics found at the Brighton Bypass site, despite calls growing

loud tore reroute the highway

around it. The final

archeological study into the relics was released relics was released today, citing evidence of Aboriginal occupation and artefacts dating back at least 41,000 years. The report's author has recommended

the site's protection. At the same time,

same time, a battle has same time, a battle has been

looming over the next stage of

the highway. With land owners

and historian s warning the

Government their plan force Baghdad Valley would Baghdad Valley would devastate the area's more recent hisstorache integrity. The most

severely affected would be the

Shene property just north of

Pontville. The land was original Shene property just north of original ly granted to the

grandson of King George III.

I was a member of the

Queensland Heritage Council for Queensland Heritage Council a two-year period. Also a two-year period. Also chair of the local a two-year of the local branch of of the local branch of the National Trust and my wife and I, of the local branch of the

I, Anne, have been married for

25 years an our I, Anne, have been

25 years an our whole married

life we've had heritage

25 years an our whole married life we've had heritage property. Our mission statement

has been preserve ing our property. Our has been preserve ing our past

for the benefit of for the benefit of future generations. Henry,

generations. Henry, how are you

going? David and Anne Kernke fell in love with Tasmania while

going? David and Anne Kernke while on holiday in the mid- while on holiday in the while on holiday in the mid-

1990s. And jumped at the opportunity to move here opportunity to move here when the 1990s. And jumped at the opportunity the historic Shene property the historic Shene property in Tasmania's southern midlands came up for sale four years Tasmania's southern midlands came up for sale four years ago. The property was very well ago. The record regard and a very important part of early record regard and a colonial times. We

colonial times. We wheat grown

here on Shene and the lower Baghdad colonial times. We wheat grown here

Baghdad Valley was used to Baghdad Valley was used to feed

the fledgling colony at Sydney

Cove and here in Hobart. The wheat and/or chards have wheat and/or chards have gone but the property is Cove and here in Hobart. The wheat and/or chards but the property is still

considered an important part of Tasmania's considered an

Tasmania's Midlands: We're

doing our history report and all the Tasmania's Midlands: We're all the other reports that go doing our history report with the with the conservation

management plan. Our ultimate

aim will be to bring Shene into as near as near condition as

as near condition as possible

and eventually allow as near condition as and eventually allow access to the and eventually

the public. It's more than a

labour of love. The couple have the public. It's more than a labour of love. The couple have already spent a significant sum of labour of love. The couple have

already of money. The conservation and

restoration of the stables is well

restoration of the stables well under way. The homestead buildings date from buildings date from 1822 and the buildings date the stables the mid-1840s. Both the stables the are listed on the the stables the mid-1840s. Both are listed on the national estate and are listed on estate and the Tasmanian estate estate and the Tasmanian heritage register. As works estate and the Tasmanian

heritage register. As works on the

heritage register. the Midlands Highway bypass at Brighton the Midlands Highway Brighton move steadily north, Brighton Brighton move steadily north, the Kernke's Brighton move steadily north, the Kernke's fear plans

the the Kernke's fear plans for

stage two the Kernke's fear

stage two will irremember

raibly damage the stage two will raibly damage the historic integrity of Shene. On raibly damage the historic integrity of Shene. On land

adjacent to the historic St marks church,

adjacent to the historic St marks church, roadwork s are

clearly visible. Tucked away marks church, roadwork s are

from the current Midland clearly visible. Tucked from the current Midland Highway, the from the current Highway, the Kernkes knew when Highway,

they purchased the property there were plans for a there were plans for a new

one. I am not opposed to the highway. When we one. I am not opposed to highway. When we bought Shene we did our searches obviously and highway. When we bought Shene and we realised that one and we realised that one day there was and we realised there was a proposal that a there

highway would be going through there was a proposal that a highway would be going through here. So highway would be

here. So we bought the property eyes wide open. The biggest

issue that I have is the fact issue that I that this cloverleaf. The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources proposes

Energy and Resources proposes a cloverleaf cloverleaf intersection for

stage two of the highway to stage two stage two of the highway to provide provide access for Pontville and surrounding residents. When I went to a council meeting one

dime, DIER were making a

representation to them and I dime, DIER were making asked them about the cloverleaf representation to them and asked them about the cloverleaf and particularly about the and particularly

elevation of this structure and

they said it was going to be at

they said it they said it was going to be at least 8m they said it was going to be at

least 8m high and I thought 8m

least 8m high and I thought 8m high - maybing a feature out of this jolly

least 8m high and I thought 8m high - maybing this jolly thing by having it sticking high - maybing a feature out of sticking up out of this jolly thing by having sticking up out of the ground 8 sticking up out of

m high so I was completely gobsmacked. At 8m in height, it

will be taller than the Shene gobsmacked. At 8m in height, it will be taller than the Shene stability and less than stability and less than a kilometre away. I couldn't kilometre kilometre away. I couldn't

believe we've been advised this believe will cost between $10 million and will cost

and $20 million, Cleese tore

the upper amount. Just for and $20 million, Cleese the upper amount. Just for the cloverleaf. Just for

cloverleaf. Just for this section of the section of the cleaverleaf. And

- And to make it viable they

need around 20,000 vehicles a day. I believe the number need around 20,000 vehicles day. I believe the number of vehicles they've estimated to be day. I believe the number of vehicles

be for this vehicle about be for this vehicle about 5,000 vehicles. This st town of Pontville, this is the proposed cloverleaf intersection cloverleaf cloverleaf intersection the whole town of whole town of Pontville fits into one part of

into one part of the intersection. So into one intersection. So the entersection is four times the size of Pontville? It is and

the affected area is six times

the area of Pontville. When the area of Pontville. When you say affected area, is that an area that the department has area

acknowledged will be affected

by either compulsory land

acquisition or major

earthworks? Yes, it's the

likely area that will no earthworks? Yes, it's likely area that will no longer be farming area, likely area that be farming area, no longer be the traditional use of the land

the traditional use of the land and it will the traditional use of the land

and it will be entirely subservient to and it will be entirely subservient to the roadworks. Warwick Oakman owns

no property in the area but is renowned for his colonial knowledge. no property in the area but is knowledge. He says that Pontville and its Pontville and its surrounding buildings were laid out by Governor Macquarie Pontville and its surrounding Governor Macquarie in 1821 and

the early European settlement

patterns of Tasmania's Midlands are still clearly

patterns of Tasmania's Midlands visible. Although individual

properties are protected, properties are protected, he says

says the interconnection

between them is not. Eight of

the structures in the area,

eight houses and buildings eight houses and buildings such as eight houses and

as Shene stables, Saint Mark, Pontville, are on the Pontville, are on the register of Commission, it's the highest

listing which any building listing which any building can have but listing which any have but those buildings need

to be read within their instact

landscape and you have

landscape and you have a

cultural heritage landscape

that begins with this point,et that begins beginning with Pontville beginning with Pontville and immediately into that beginning with immediately into that you're put ing immediately into that put ing an American-trial intersection. Gwenda Sheridan a agrees Tasmania's historic

landscapes are not adequately protected. Tasmania's historic landscape is not a Perth of protected. Tasmania's landscape is not a Perth of the current landscape is not a current 1995

current 1995 Act. And as of current 1995

2009, the National Trust actually put rural landscapes, rural cultural landscapes rural cultural landscapes on their endangered rural cultural their endangered list. Five

years ago in a report complithsed by the State Government, it years ago in a report Government, it was recommended complithsed by the State Government, it was recommended

Tasmania introduce legislative protection Tasmania Government, it was recommended protection for cultural landscapes. Tasmania's heritage legislation we've been

waiting for a review of the heritage legislation we've waiting for a review of the act

started in waiting for a review

started in 2003. It is still not in not in Parliament. Ms Sheridan's work

Sheridan's work has recently

been lauded. I did the been lauded. I did the cultural landscape, the trees and the gardens been lauded. I did the cultural landscape,

gardens part of the two properties for their world heritage nomination and

listing. So I am really pleased heritage nomination and listing. So I am really pleased - 23 we were to consider this

as a - 23 we

as a part of per heritage which

as a part of as a part of per heritage which

it very much is, as a part of per heritage

it very much is, when we might it very much

be able to register it very much is, when we be able to register some cultural landscapes in be able to cultural landscapes in Tasmania because there are some very,

very old landscapes in very

very old landscapes in Tasmania. She says the view Tasmania. She Tasmania. She says the view from Shene towards Mount Welling fn - Welling fn - Wellington remain

the same as it was when paintsed by Mary Morton Allport the same as it was

in the mid-19th century. It's still possible to in the still possible to read that landscape very well landscape very well that Mary Morton Allport painted. And landscape very well

Morton Allport painted. And to see it so to bring tourists here and say Morton Allport painted. And to here and say this is what

see it so to bring tourists here and say this is what she painted, now if we get a cloverleaf which is pretty painted, now if we get a cloverleaf which is pretty much going to impact

going to impact like a going to impact like a 3-storey building with its glintding and its huge infrastructure, its huge infrastructure, what happen s to that landscape?

Basically in its huge infrastructure, what

Basically in my view it's

gone. It's not only gone. It's not only European heritage. It's regarded as very

desirable land because it had been farmed heritage. It's regarded as very

been farmed over the been farmed over the millenia by the Aborigine s using the

burning method of burning the

grass and allowing the animals to burning method of burning the grass to come in and grass and allowing the animals

to come in and feed then harvest the animals. Very

fertile country as well. Aborigines have lived well. Aborigines have lived in

this area for 40,000 of odd

years. I know throughout this area for 40,000 of years. I know throughout the area there this area for 40,000 of odd years. area there are areas where you years. I know throughout the area

will find where they sharpen

their tool s right throughout will find where their tool s right throughout

this valley. So I don't think you would this you would have to look too this valley. So I don't think you would have to look too far

to unearth a lot of very important information here. With their campaign against the cloverleaf hotting up, late today

up, late today Stateline

received a statement from the department saying it was now received a statement from the department saying it was now highly unlikely the cloverleaf intersection highly unlikely intersection will be highly unlikely the cloverleaf intersection will be pursued.

The department says planning is still in

intersection will be pursued. still in its early stages and

no final decisions have been made. It also said more detailed heritage made. It also said detailed heritage assessment s

will be done once

will be done once a preferred route is decided. Mayor of the southern Midlands, Tony Bisdee, says he's

says he's told southern Midlands, Tony Bisdee,

says he's told the department the says he's the cloverleaf is

inappropriate. It's hard inappropriate. It's hard close

to the the cloverleaf is inappropriate. It's

to the her the 'Age' mile and

close to the to the her the 'Age' close to the heritage area of close to close to the heritage area of

Pontville, and really

Pontville, and really the whole

Baghdad Valley itself has some very Baghdad Valley

very significant heritage Baghdad Valley itself has very significant heritage

values. And especially very near the historic homestead of

Shene and the iconic Shene

Shene and the iconic Shene stables. Even if Shene and the stables. Even if it abandon s the stables. Even if the cloverleaf, it still has

heritage battles ahead in the southern heritage battles ahead in the southern Midlands. Councillor Bisdee

Bisdee says he's rejected the

Government's draft review of

the Heritage Act which had been

shown to local government for the Heritage Act which had been

comment. It's a make cost shift

to local government and to local government and there there is nothing

to local government there is nothing in the legislation that says there is legislation that says the State

Government has to provide

resources or the financial

resources or the financial capacity for local government resources or the to take up State-owned build tltion are a

number of them throughout Tasmania, a great number of

them which would obviously revert to local them which revert to local government from the State revert to local government the State Government. And that's fine provided the

funding comes with that's fine

funding comes with it. In a bid

to bet proer tect funding comes with it. In a municipality's historic precincts

precincts he is taking a municipality's historic precincts he is taking a planed

amendment to the community at amendment to the community at a public meeting next amendment to public meeting next week. What I am amendment to the community at a I am concerned about I am concerned about is inappropriate development inappropriate development that does not sit with does not sit with the

does not sit with the historic values of the township itself and values of the township itself and specifically the mill

predict. I am - precinct. I predict. predict. I am - precinct. I am just concerned that

just concerned that our planning scheme just concerned that planning scheme needs strengthening planning scheme needs strengthening to cater for any

proposed or potential development within strengthening to cater for any development within that area. And thanks to the Allport library and museum of fine art force the use Allport library and museum of fine art force the use of

Allport's paichting. That's fine art force the use of Allport's paichting. That's the program for tonight. We leave program you with with wild and wind

swept island. Have a great

swept island. Have a great night. Goodnight. swept island. night. Goodnight.

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