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State Forests NSW are a drain on the taxpayers of NSW. Figures secured by the Greens reveal that Forests NSW made a loss of more than $750,000 last year from operations in NSW’s Southern Region native forests. Previous years have shown similar and even greater losses, losses ultimately taken by you, the taxpayer. Last year NSW taxpayers paid more than $750,000 to destroy the biodiversity and natural beauty of our native forests in south-east NSW.

As Greens MLC David Shoebridge has indicated, ‘This comes on top of the $500,000 the government paid to Boral in 2006 for Forests NSW’s failure to meet contracted amounts of wood supply.

‘Boral and the government are currently in closed-doors negotiations to come to another financial settlement following continued inability of Forests NSW to supply contracted amounts of timber.

‘It is just astounding that we see NSW taxpayers having to put their hands in their pockets to clear-fell our state forests.

‘These figures prove that native forestry operations in south-east NSW are driven by a damaging ideological commitment of this government to log at any cost.

‘If the state government is looking for ways to balance a tight budget in 2012, it should first look to stopping native forest logging in the south-east.’

Equally north-east forests are a drain on the public purse, especially as the government looks for ways to compensate loggers and mills for non-existent trees given out during the quota negotiations all those years ago. More and more we are seeing the rapacious greed of the forestry industry in NSW destroying our habitats, biodiversity, water quality, road infrastructure and the state budget. But then I suppose State Forests NSW does have a healthy positive ledger when it comes to the money it makes from issuing infringement notices against those willing to challenge and expose their rapacious practices. It is probably the only profit they make.

M Mizzi Tabulam

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