24 January 2012 – A $120 million fund in an intergovernmental forest agreement could create 3000 regional jobs in Tasmania, a report commissioned by Greens Leader Bob Brown has shown.

The fund would largely replace the 3500 jobs lost from forestry since 2008, Senator Brown said.

“But this money will only flow if there is a strong conservation legislative outcome by June this year.”

Senator Brown said he asked for the report to show Tasmanians the sorts of ideas that could be implemented to create an environment that will help small businesses flourish, with protection of the forests at the heart of reforms.

The report is a springboard for discussion, he said. “I’ve got a few ideas of my own, including establishing an institute to foster and retain Tasmania’s world-leading track-building skills and promoting the far south as a tourism destination for its interesting mix of tourist railway, caves, spectacular coastal walking and historical sites of French arrival.”

See the report by Naomi Edwards and Jamie Hanson