Tasmanian Greens forestry spokesperson highlights fine furniture made of eucalyptus timber typically used for wood pulp as example of how state's wood manufacturing sector could be transformed if Labor, Liberals ended 'obsession' with pulp mill

HOBART, Tasmania , February 11, 2014 (press release) – Greens Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP today unveiled two stunning examples of fine furniture made from eucalyptus nitens and globulus pulpwood.

Mr Booth said the chairs were another example of a manufacturing industry that can be scaled up in Tasmania if Labor and Liberal ended their myopic obsession with a Tamar Valley pulp mill.

“These chairs are a world first in design, innovation and creativity that could rival the international success of IKEA,” Mr Booth said.

“They incorporate engineering design which could revolutionise manufacturing in Tasmania leading to the creation of real work and jobs in fine furniture design and manufacture.”

“It’s just one more example of the type of industry we could be attracting investment for, if Labor and Liberal ended their myopic focus on a toxic pulp mill in the Tamar Valley.”

“The chairs are made from eucalyptus nitens and globulus timber that would otherwise be turned into worthless wood pulp, if a mill were ever to be built in the Tamar Valley.”

“There is a great opportunity to create real jobs with the plantation resource we have now, rather than wasting public money feeding it into a toxic pulp mill.”

“This type of high value industry also provides an opportunity for growers to get a reasonable return on their plantation investments, instead of being drawn into the commodity trap.”

“We have the wood, we have the technology, and all we need is for the government to get out of the way and allow businesses to get on with the job of creating real jobs using the plantation resource.”

“We need private capital and industry which will create real work and value that will wash right across the whole community from farmers and sawmillers through to designers and manufacturers.”

"Forestry Tasmania should make available at commercial rates the plantations that the timber barons claim is only useful for pulp.”

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