Gunns are trying to raise $400 million which is as much as they are losing EVERY YEAR. They are $800 million in debt and they want to make bleached Kraft pulp that is declining in demand by 8% a year. Workers in Brazil making pulp earn 25% of what Australian workers get. Gunns want to make electricity by burning trees although Tasmania now has an electricity glut.

Chandler Dumps Gunns, L'Estrange Blames The Greens

The campaign against the 'Richard Chandler Capital Corporation' investing in the corrupt pulp mill had only just started. Now Greg L'Estrange has blamed the Greens for Gunns failing 'due diligence'. It's about time L'Estrange blamed himself for once. He's not polluting Bass Strait or the Tamar Valley to help Tasmania. If Gunns finds another financier the same thing will happen.


What The Polls Say

Mercury poll 8 Feb 2012







Mercury February 8 2012                       Advocate February 15 2012









Gunns have again failed to meet their legislated permit deadline to commence constructio..














On Sunday August 7 2011 Prime Minister Gillard and Premier Giddings signed an agreement in the Country Club Casino Launceston, that is supposed to bring peace to Tasmania's bitter forest disputes. TAP was the only group represented there on that wintry morning. TAP also 'black-flagged' the 2011 State Labor Conference on Saturday August 6. We joined nurses, teachers, police and other anti-mill groups including CODE outside the State Labor Conference.








On Tuesday June 7 TAP 'black-flagged' the opening of the $70 million East Tamar Highway. TAP outnumbered David O'Byrne and his group of officials at the opening. When the TAP banner 'Gunns Says Thanks' arrived the officials went into a state of visible shock. This 'log truck highway' has always been about Gunns. Most of the water pipeline for their now abandoned mill travels in its corridor. Still unpaid for by Gunns.  


On Wed May 25 TAP blackflagged Parliament House. The Greens presented the PMAA 2007 repeal bill inside at 4pm. Another succesful TAP action that shows the Tasmanian politicians who really runs Tasmania. We do! Predictably the LibLabs voted against the Grens motion and predictably they displayed their support for a non existant project. Does it get any weirder than that?






23 March 2011 Joint Media Release TAP Into A Better Tasmania (TAP) and Tasmanian Public and Environmental Health Network (TPEHN)

Community Groups TAP and TPEHN join in condemning the ‘forest principle agreement’ because it is very specifically tied to the delivery of the Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill.

As reported in The Australian yesterday, Bill Kelty said ‘green’ groups must strike a deal on the Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill or miss out on permanent protection of 565,000 hectares of native forest.

“There you have it. This is what the ‘roundtable’ negotiations have been about all along,” commented Dr Alison Bleaney of TPEHN.

“From the point of view of Gunns and the Labor Party, the forest ‘roundtable’ was about delivering the Long Reach pulp mill. From the ENGO’s side it was about delivering protection to native forest. They were the two glittering prizes up for grabs and to pretend otherwise is misleading,” said TAP spokesperson Bob McMahon.

“In order for both sides to get what they wanted it was important to exclude the community first and foremost. Why? Because it was expected that the community would be opposed to any trade-off of the sort so bluntly expressed by Kelty”, continued McMahon.

“After all, the community was going to have to pay the price for the sort of deal the forest industry negotiators had in mind. The community had to be sidelined and kept in the dark. Thus the secrecy. We were the sacrifice."

“That the blatantly undemocratic, rigged and secret ‘roundtable’ negotiations and the ‘forest principles’ that resulted (including in principle support for plantations and ‘a pulp mill’) received the enthusiastic support of the ALP is no surprise."

“That the Greens have also been enthusiastic supporters of the undemocratic negotiations as constituted, and the ‘forest principles’ that resulted from the illegitimate process, is deeply distressing for the community and incredibly damaging to the Greens themselves,” said McMahon.

“Kelty has made it abundantly clear that the success of the Gunns/ALP pulp mill is dependent on the signing of the ‘forest principles agreement’,” said Dr. Bleaney.

“Therefore, both TAP and TPEHN, demand that The Wilderness Society, Environment Tasmania and Australian Conservation Foundation either refuse to sign the agreement as it exists or insist that the Gunns Tamar Valley pulp mill be specifically excluded from the agreement as a principle."

“We expect many other community groups will join us in making this demand”.

“It is not too late for the Greens to redeem themselves either”, confirmed Bob McMahon. “They will have to stop the doublethink and unequivocally withdraw their support for the ‘forest principles’ as they stand and the illegitimate roundtable process which produced them. It is not good enough for the Greens to say they do not support the Tamar Valley pulp mill while supporting a process designed from the very beginning to deliver that very same pulp mill.

“Dr Bleaney and I want to put this bizarre chapter of Tasmanian history into context. This is a monumental issue of social justice. Should the environment groups sign up to the ‘forest principles’ deal as it currently exists it will be viewed as a great betrayal of current and future generations of Tasmanians, whose social, economic and environmental horizons will be severely diminished and restricted by the demands Gunns mill will place on our basic resources of land and water and of the huge public subsidies the mill will need in order to compete against cheaper producers in developing countries.

UNITE ON SITE - Pulp the Mill - Peaceful Protest Sunday 20th March at 11:30am

For the Tamar Valley, Bass Strait and all Tasmanians...

STOP THE TAMAR VALLEY PULP MILL!!!  Start time 11.30am.

Join Peter Cundall, Richard Flanagan, Kim Booth and spokespeople from anti-pulp mill groups at a peaceful community protest at the Batman Bridge Reserve.

We are gathering to assert our continued opposition to this mill for the following reasons:

1.      Toxic effluent in Bass Strait
2.      Threats to the livelihood and lifestyle of thousands of Tamar Valley residents
3.      Fresh water usage
4.      Possible future use of native forests
5.      The draconian and undemocratic Section 11 of the Pulp Mill Assessment Act.
6.      Lack of an independent, transparent assessment of a “critically non-compliant” mill
7.      Lack of public hearings and community consultation
8.      A complete lack of faith in Gunns.

Time:  11.30 start on Sunday 20th March.

Don’t miss this Beaconsfield public meeting. Six politicians have now agreed to hear your concerns on the proposed pulp mill. TAP regular meeting cancelled

When: 7.30pm Thursday 31 March 2011

Where: Beaconsfield Community Function Room at the rear of the sports centre on Weld Street, Beaconsfield.

What: Senators Christine Milne and Kerry O’Brien plus Members of the Tasmanian Parliament Tim Morris, Kim Booth, Rene Hidding and Kerry Finch will all be attending.

Why? Don’t miss your chance to have your say and tell them how Gunns’ proposed pulp mill continues to adversely affect your family, your business and your community. Tell them of your hopes for an alternative more prosperous future.

This is the third in a series of public meetings but the first to draw six politicians together to hear community concerns. A gold coin donation is welcome to help defray costs.

For further information call John Day 0400 079 339.


Note: the next regular general TAP meeting will be held in two weeks time (7.30pm, Thursday 14 April) at the Riverside Community Centre, West Tamar Highway. 

TAP Briefing Paper: Why The Community Isn’t Buying The Big Sell

This is a briefing paper on the current debate over the future of Tasmanian forestry and Gunns’ planned pulp mill prepared by TAP Into A Better Tasmania, November 2010. A pdf is available for downloading from below. Paper for public release - Forestry and pulp mill - why the community is not buying the big sell.pdf


A stalled proposal for a world scale pulp mill, the slow motion collapse of the forest industry, the astonishing alignment of environmental groups behind industry for a plantation-based pulp mill and the prospect of big money changing hands marks an extraordinary period in a small island’s history.

So how did all this happen? It’s time to examine the causes in detail because to misdiagnose the causes invites the wrong solution. One solution being proposed, for example, involves ‘compensating’ the forest industry to the tune of over a billion dollars. But that in turn carries its own serious consequences eg. lack of funding for public hospitals.

The interpretation of the causes presented here provides a big picture perspective from a hitherto ignored community view, the one that the special interest groups involved don’t want to hear.

So how did we arrive at the point where the aims of some environment groups now mesh with industry, where conservationists signed up to support a plantation industry and a pulp mill in Tasmania, and the community was sidelined?

The story started decades ago.

A smelly tale of foul odour - Odour Advisory


CEO of Gunns Ltd, Greg L’Estrange told ABC Stateline (25.10.10) that Gunns would work “with the community so they understood what the pulp mill facility planned for the Tamar Valley is”.

We don’t feel confident that he will explain why his pulp mill will stink as do all others of this type around the world. So TAP Into A Better Tasmania has followed the foul odour trail through leaked letters, restricted terms of reference and incomplete reports to produce this Odour Advisory. It tells the story that Greg L’Estrange won’t and why it is a significant risk for business and health of the 100 000 people who live in the Tamar Valley.

The assessment of this issue carried out to date has looked only at odour from the stack, and not at odour which after about twelve months starts to leak from thousands of pipe seals and other leakage points. These fugitive emissions pose the biggest threat to your business, as they make up 98% of the odour escaping from pulp mills, including the most modern ones.

The Resource Planning and Development Commission (RPDC), which was initially given the task of assessing Gunns’ proposal, determined that the odour zone would have a radius of 55k around the Long Reach site. This odour will affect all wineries, tourist operators and other businesses in the zone; Tamar Ridge is of course only 5km from the site and will be one of the businesses worst affected.

This poses serious political, financial and project risks for potential joint venture partners and business investors alike. If a financial backer can be found, only one more regulatory hurdle (permit for marine discharge into Commonwealth waters in Bass Strait) has to be cleared before construction may begin.

The history of the failed assessment of odour is summarised in the next few paragraphs.