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TAP in 2018

2018 and the Tamar Valley is a healthy and happy place to live. Free of the polluting pulp mill that Tasmanian politicians needed so desperately to prop-up their failed economy. The two major parties have been sabotaging the economy for so long that elections have become competions over who manages debt.

Already in 2018 we see record-breaking heatwaves similar to the summer of 2016 that bought drought, bushfires and energy shortages to Tasmania. It's obvious there was not enough water to supply Gunns pulp mill. Later that year drought turned to floods and people asked 'when will politicians stop changing the climate by exporting coal and wood chips'? Forestry Tasmania (STT) actually 'sterilise' our forests by burning them every 70 to 80 year rotation to make them easier to log on the next rotation.

 

Smartfibre Bought By Reliance Forest Fibre Based In The Cayman Islands

Why did Neville Smith Forest Products (NSFP) sell woodchip loader Smartfibre to a Cayman Islands registered shelf company just so NSFP could build a another woodchip loading port somewhere else in Tasmania? Smartfibre was wholly-owned by NSFP but was transfered to Reliance Forest Fibre (RFF) in March 2018.

POSSIBLE CORRUPTION AT FSC CERTIFIER GLOBAL-MARK

Global-Mark, the Sydney-based auditor of Smartfibre's FSC 'controlled wood' and 'chain of custody' covered-up the transaction. Unbelievably, Global-Mark issued a complete set of FSC and AFS certificates to a company that didn't exist. The certificates are available HERE. At the time Global-mark certified RFF-Smartfibre they were not registered with ASIC as a legal entity. Global-Mark appears to be systematically corrupting the FSC system. Global-Mark published these allegedly fraudulent certificates online for months but as soon as somebody noticed they disapeared in a flash. TAP will store the incriminating certificates indefinitely. The 'Controlled Wood' that Global-Mark is supposed to monitor is an absolute joke with woodchip bulk carriers movements covered-up both in Tasmania and Asia. To hide their destination ports the vessels are switching off their satellite transponders. This is the furthest thing from 'Chain of Custody as possible. It's a total farce and Global-Mark needs to be investigated and held accountable.

'Reliance' lease 29,000 hectares of publicly-owned plantations in dodgy deal. 

Check-out Reliance's 'notification' vis Smartfibre's FSC certifier Global-Mark?

STT chair Rob De Fegeley (ex-Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro) has been pulling some strings with his extensive contacts in the logging industry. It's possible this is a backdoor attempt to get FSC controlled wood certification for STT (Forestry Tasmania). After-all who has seen the 99 year lease contract allowing US-owned Reliance to operate on public land? Nobody.

Two large offshore funds, based in taxhavens, Forico and Reliance now control the entire Tasmanian hardwood plantation sector. Almost the entire Tasmanian timber industry is certified by one company - Global-Mark. Essentially, the whole Tasmanian woodchip industry has only one customer - the 'Asian Population Catastrophe'.

The take-home message is that 'catastrophic climatechange' is actually 'catastrophic overpopulation'. In Tasmania, we see Chinese agents masquerading as fundamentalist Liberals. Guy Barnett and Eric Abetz are examples of fake Liberals working against the Australian Nation.

 

 

Where Do Woodchip Exports From Bell Bay 6 Go?

This year the Bell Bay Wharf 6 export data was expanded to show where the woodchips are going. We live on the Earth's driest continent and our economy is already being dragged-down by climate change. So who makes money from destroying Tasmanian carbon sinks and how do they get away with it?

ARTEC's exports go to just 2 Asian countries with Taiwan getting over 90,000 tonnes. These are non-FSC native forest woodchips sold by the Tasmanian government owned STT. Artec appears to be a thinly-veiled front company for STT and the relentless Asian carbon conveyor belt.

Neville-Smith Forest Products (NSFP) plantation chips go to just 3 Asian countries with the majority going to China. In 2018 'capitalist' Taiwan was buying cheap non-FSC chips from Artec while 'communist' China bought more expensive FSC woodchips from NSFP. The other Bell Bay exporter New Forests (called 'Forico' in Tasmania) declares their woodchip exports on the TasPorts web site while both Artec and NSFP-Smartfibre continue to hide all shipping. Thats why TAP tracks their exports.

Overall volumes of Smartfibre plantation chips lag Artec by 1/3. This is due to the higher costs and inherant weaknesses of clonal plantations in Tasmania. FSC certification of these chips is highly dubious with NSFP certification organization Global Mark offering multiple certification schemes.

All Tasmanian wood chips only go to Asia. The fact the majority of the Earth's population live in one circle in Asia means Tasmanians have no conscience when it comes to supporting global population explosions. Our climate is being changed by sheer numbers of people and nothing more.

So Australia is mindlessly feeding our forests to the Asian population explosion. Forests that once stabilised the Earth's climate. Our government claim we have to do this because of debt, trade imbalance and jobs but the truth is we are already economic hostages of Asia.

UPDATE - BULK COAL CARRIERS NOW USED TO MOVE TASMANIAN WOODCHIPS TO ASIA

On February 9 a large shipment left Bell Bay for China transported by a bulk coal carrier. The global downturn of coal exports has led to the re-assignment of large capacity bulk coal carriers as wood chip carriers. An indication of how ruthless and irresponsible the Asian overpopulatiuon juggernaught has become.

Pulp Mill Permits Expire - TAP Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE  4 Sept. 2017
TAP into a better Tasmania

The pulp mill proposed by Gunns for the Tamar Valley was never a viable proposition according to the President of TAP, Mr Tim Thorne.
"It would have been disastrous both economically and environmentally," he said.
"Now that the permits have expired, residents of the Tamar Valley can get on with their lives without the shadow of this monstrosity hanging over them," Mr Thorne declared.
"The pity is that tens of millions of dollars, including State Government funds, were drained from the local economy during the cynical exercise which constituted this absurd proposal."

John Clarke And Bryan Dawe - Gunns Running Tasmania

Not much has changed on 'Wood Chip Island' since John Clark and Bryan Dawe did a satire on the Premier of Tasmania. It's from July 2007. Labor idiots have been replaced by Liberal idiots but the failed ideology is the same. Just like the Adani coal mine the Liberals and Labor were right behind Gunns. Enjoy losing the Great Barrier Reef idiots.

How FSC Covered-Up Tasmania's Wood Chip Carbon Drains

Many Tasmanians know our forests were once the World's best carbon stores. Who would guess the actual drain holes that swallow Tasmania's carbon and deliver it to the insatiable Asian pulp market can be seen on Google Maps? There has been a systematic cover-up of Tasmanian wood chip exports and FSC is involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At left is the ARTEC native forest wood chip mill and drainage pipe supplied at a loss by Forestry Tasmania. To the right is the FSC 'chain of custody' carbon drain from the NSFP-Smartfibre chip mill. All ships that export from Bell Bay 6 are hidden by the Tasmanian shipping regulator TasPorts.

In an opaque and loss making industry such as Tasmanian forestry, cover-ups are routine, but how can Smartfibre's FSC auditor Global Mark pretend hiding entire ships is 'chain of custody'? Bell Bay Wharf 6 currently exports over 200,000 tonnes a year and both Artec and Smartfibre want to increase exports many times over. Now Artec is waiting for downstream-FSC certification delivered by the bankrupt Forestry Tasmania. As usual, most of the infrastucture is provided by the state at a loss.

The Earth's weather is now more dangerous and unpredictable so why is FSC hiding the destruction of carbon storing forests? By covering-up multi-million dollar wood chip exports FSC could be facilitating tax evasion because it's hard to know which wood chips are being 'drained' at any point in time. With a single wood chip conveyor it's also possible to mix wood chip exports at any time. Does Global Mark know if wood chip mixing is happening? TAP has evidence of wood chip carriers loading at other ports on the Asian run. The fact FSC has been a party to multi-million dollar income hiding is a disgrace. The main role FSC has played in Tasmania is to transfer ownership of the local timber industry to foreign control. FSC did everything they could to tranfer Gunns certificates to New Forests knowing Gunns were trading while insolvent.

Quarter of a Million Tonnes of Wood Chips Exported from Bell Bay Wharf 6 In 2016

                                                                                                               

In 2016 over quarter of a million tonnes of wood chips were exported from Bell Bay Wharf 6. This does not include exports from Forico or from Burnie. 144,738 tonnes were exported from BB6 for the whole of 2015. The low Australian dollar is causing a boom in wood chip exports. These woodchips go to pulp mills in Taiwan, Japan and China. Forestry Tasmania is probably undercutting Forico and Smartfibre chips out of Tasmania. TAP is tracking the Wharf 6 exports because TasPorts covers-up native wood chip exports from Tasmania. Artec Bell Bay was originally set-up by Forestry Tasmania who supplied the land, the port and the all the trees to a once small Northern Tasmanian saw miller. This is similar to the Southwood operation in the Huon and at Smithton where FT provided the land, the factories and even the electricity to Ta Ann who then wrote their own wood supply contracts for 15 years in advance.

For those interested in how Forestry Tasmania systematically defrauded the State of Tasmania of millions of dollars, we recommend a document written by John Hawkins and tabled into Hansard by Andrew Wilkie. Wilkie was forced to take this action because certain individuals in Tasmania are suppressing information on massive corruption in FT by threatening legal action. This is probably why Paul Harriss was forced to resign. The Burnie area is also flooded with log trucks, woodchip piles and large log yards like the old Tioxide site at Heybridge on the Bass Highway near Burnie. The export of huge amounts of wood chips year after year has pushed the ecology of Tasmania to collapse. FT are destroying the forests of Tasmania and they are doing it at a financial loss to the State.  At left is the 82,000 tonne Concordia bulk wood chip 'supertanker' made in 2011. It can export 40,000 tonnes of wood chips compared to an average of 10,000 tonnes for the smaller vessels on the Tasmania-Asia wood chip route. There is a 'revolving door' between TasPorts and Forestry Tasmania that needs more investigation.

KordaMentha's Michael Smith Maintains The 'Intensity' For Over 3 Years Trying To Sell A Vacant Block Of Land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We tracked Gunns lies for 10 years and now we are tracking KordaMentha's lies from 2012 to the present.

KordaMentha spokesman Michael Smith's latest LIE is they are talking to one bidder 'INTENSELY'. That's a very long period of INTENSITY isn't it Michael?

KordaMentha and Anchorage must be  consuming a lot of VIAGRA to stay 'INTENSE' for so long.

KordaMentha's Lies is essential reading for those impacted by the crooked regulator ASIC, corporate insolvency and the scam KordaMentha use to DRAIN a company's assets.

The document will be maintained for as long as KordaMentha use the Tamar Valley as a virtual hostage to keep the cash flowing out of Anchorage Capital's deep vaults.

KordaMentha Claim To Have Found An 'International' Sucker

ABC telelevision led their news with a '5pm Friday before a long weekend' announcment by corporate parasite KordaMentha regarding their exhaustive attempts to sell a corrupt asset on behalf of a foreign entity. This reminds us the many, many failed attempts by Gunns to find finance for this project. It went on for years while the Australian media mindlessly propped-up the corporate criminals at Gunns. Check this out from 2008 and ask yourself 'how much has changed in 7 years'?

It would be hilarious to see some overseas sucker blow their money in Tasmania. 'Give a Bogan a job at only $1000 per week'. Knowing KordaMentha they will be out for as much taxpayers funds as they can get their filthy little hands on.

Anchorage Capital Still Trying To Sell Longreach Block

For Sale. 590 hectares in area with another 32 hectares on the East side of the East Tamar Highway. It's been on the market since 2012. All permit conditions have expired and all State and Federal reports, surveys and modelling are obsolete and will have to be redone. The local politicians are extremely compliant. And desperate. They are hopelessly in debt due to corruption, cronyism and chronic mismanagment of the island state.

You can read the usual waffle from Mike Smith at KordaMentha on the ABC here.

They want to sell the site by June 30 THIS YEAR. Good luck suckers.   

TAP: Public opposition to the project has not diminished

“Any prospective buyer of the Tamar Valley pulp mill site and permits should be aware that public opposition to the project has not diminished,” TAP President Tim Thorne said today.

“KordaMentha are again offering these assets for sale, but the market has shown zero interest up until now and there is no indication that it will now,” he said.

“It is disappointing that Forico, who looked as if they were promoting a sustainable timber industry, have now said they would sell their plantation timber to a pulp mill in the Tamar Valley.  We are confident that no such mill will ever exist, so they had better concentrate on producing higher value, less polluting timber products,” Mr Thorne added, “And if any mill is considering using native forests for pulp, then they’ll have even greater opposition and no customers.”

 

Tim Thorne President TAP Into a Better Tasmania January 9 2015

TAP: A more positive focus

Tim Thorne President TAP, TAP Into a Better Tasmania
16.10.14 5:44 pm

The Board of TAP Into a Better Tasmania, elected at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14 October, is planning a more positive focus for the organisation over the coming year.

“We are not just a protest group,” the incoming President, Tim Thorne, said.  “While we must keep a watching brief in case there is an attempt to revive the dead Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal, our main focus is on investigating more appropriate possibilities for truly sustainable development.”

The Board believes that there is a need for a non-party political, non-single issue organisation to raise awareness of, and to foster discussion about alternative industrial models suitable for Tasmania in the 21st Century.

“TAP is in an excellent position to be such a group,” Mr Thorne said.  “We are looking at activities such as workshops to encourage vibrant, innovative approaches to building a better Tasmania for the next generations.”

A Very Special Presentation With Kathleen Draper

   Tamar Natural Resource Management

                      and TAP into a better Tasmania

            invites you to a very special presentation with

  Kathleen Draper

   from Finger Lakes Biochar

   Tuesday 9th September 2014 7.15pm - 9.00pm

   Windsor Community Centre

   1 Windsor Drive, Riverside

    RSVP: Friday 5th September

    tel: 6323-3310 or email:  

    amanda.bruce@launceston.tas.gov.au

   

 

     refreshments provided cost: pay what you think it is worth      

Media Release. TAP derides proposed anti-protest laws

 Left: Abandoned Pulp Mill Site Community Forest Restoration Project by TAP March 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAP Media Release July 10 2014

TAP Into a Better Tasmania has suggested a use for the Long Reach site where Gunns Ltd had once planned to build a pulp mill.
At its July meeting, TAP declared that the site could be used to build a prison in which to lock up the thousands of Tasmanians who would be prepared to infringe the State Government’s new anti-protest legislation.

TAP’s media spokesperson, Tim Thorne, said, “The Liberal Party’s rhetoric before the last election said, nonsensically, that they would bring in a law against illegal protests, while lawful protests would continue to be allowed.
“The bill rushed through the House of Assembly goes much further than this, providing for powers of arrest without a warrant, and making it possible to interpret anywhere in the state as a ‘workplace’,” Mr Thorne said.

“History has shown that Tasmanians in their thousands have been prepared to do what this bill is trying to prevent.  TAP believes that they will do so again where necessary to prevent the destruction of our environment, our rights and our democracy,” he continued.  “The Legislative Council should have the common sense to throw this ridiculous, but dangerous, bill out.”

TAP Media Spokesman Tim Thorne.   

Anchorage Capital Profits at Tasmania's Expense

The announcement that Gunns Ltd's receivers, KordaMentha, have sold most of the failed company's remaining assets to New Forests for a price reported to be $330 million reveals a telling feature of how big business operates.

When Gunns went into receivership it owed secured creditors (of whom the ANZ bank was the largest) $635.9 million.  Last year Anchorage Capital bought 70 per cent of this debt at a price believed to be between 40 and 45 cents in the dollar, an outlay of approximately $189 million.  Seventy per cent of the sale price is $231 million, which would leave Anchorage with a tidy $42 million profit, less whatever fees they paid KordaMentha. 

Nobody as yet has secured the pulp mill site or permits.  New Forests obviously wasn't interested, despite the unseemly haste with which the State Government and the then Opposition (now the Government) rushed to pass legislation designed (at KordaMentha's request) to enhance the value of those assets.  Anchorage Capital might still want to squeeze more profit out of these, but even if they lie idle until the permits run out and the site reverts to bush, $42 million is not a bad profit after six months.  It makes John Gay's gain from insider trading look like chickenfeed.

And what exactly did Anchorage do to earn this?  They didn't employ a single Tasmanian.  They didn't create a single product or provide a single service.  The kindest thing to say about them is that they got lucky.  Not so lucky were the Tasmanian contractors, small investors and other unsecured creditors who have no hope of ever seeing the $170 million owed to them when Gunns Ltd collapsed. 

This whole saga has not been primarily about a pulp mill, nor even about the plantations.  It has been about the timber industry being used as a front for the transfer of wealth from ordinary Tasmanians to the coffers of international finance corporations.  It has also been about how both major political parties have aided and abetted this transfer.  Don't forget that a considerable proportion of Gunns' assets were provided in various ways by the State and Federal Governments.  This means that some of your money, as a taxpayer, now belongs to the shareholders of Anchorage Capital.
Yours in the hope that we can do better than this in the future
Tim Thorne