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Forestry Tasmania may give new undertaking for Wielangta.



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania may give new undertaking for Wielangta

Senator Brown, 11th May 2006

Justice Marshall, in the Hobart Federal Court today, asked the parties in the Wielangta Forest case (Senator Bob Brown v. Forestry Tasmania) to attempt to agree on a new undertaking to be given by Forestry Tasmania.

Ms Debbie Mortimer SC, for Senator Brown, alleged that Forestry Tasmania had undertaken a regeneration burn in a Wielangta coupe on 10 April 2006, contrary to the undertaking it had given in September 2005.

Forestry Tasmania did not contest evidence that the burn had taken place.

Mr David Gunson QC, representing Forestry Tasmania said the undertaking was more limited. He said that 'It was the intention of Forestry Tasmania not to construct any further roadworks into any Wielangta coupe or to conduct any forestry operations in any of those coupes into which roads would otherwise have been constructed".

Justice Marshall said that he was not satisfied that the September 2005 undertaking was 'not ambiguous' and suggested that before any application for an injunction is dealt with, the parties should confer on whether a new undertaking can be agreed, and report at 9.15 am on Friday 12 May.

Senator Brown's application for an injunction has not been determined pending the outcome of discussions on the undertaking.

Forestry Tasmania confirmed that it presently had no plans for burning, new roading or logging in Wielangta.

Further information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 603 Created by Administration Last modified 11-05-2006 06:23 PM