Decision ‘soon’ on Forestry’s future

Cabinet has made a decision on what to do withstate-owned company Forestry Tasmania, but Premier Lara Giddings denied thatwould mean ‘’shutting it down’’.
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The Opposition attacked the government in questiontime today over what it described as ‘’the bombshells’’ contained in a leakedemail from FT management to staff.

Deputy Premier Bryan Green said it was true that aconsultants’ review into FT ‘’does recommend some restructuring’’, and promisedthat FT staff would be kept ‘’front and centre as far as I’m concerned’’ incarrying out any changes.

Neither Mr Green nor Ms Giddings would say exactlywhen the government would announce its plans except that it would be “soon’’after cabinet made its decision last week.

EARLIER

FORESTRY Tasmaniastaff have been warned by management that the state-owned company will bebroken up after Deputy Premier and Resources Minister Bryan Green was“rolled” in cabinet.

In a letter sent to Forestry Tasmania staff, generalmanager of corporate relations and tourism Ken Jeffreys said senior managementhad been repeatedly assured “that FT would not be split up given the upheavalthat would cause for little demonstrable benefit”.

However, he said last Wednesday he was informed thatplans had changed after “cabinet had discussed the matter at its meeting theprevious Monday, the Greens had insisted on the immediate implementation ofoption two (splitting FT) and that the Deputy Premier and our minister had been`rolled’.”

In the letter sent to all staff this morning, MrJeffreys also claims:

* A head of agency will be apppointed to theboard;

* An oversight committee will be set up to manage thetransfer of staff and assets from FT to the Department of Primary Industries,Parks, Water and Environment.

* FT managing director Bob Gordon and board chairmanAdrian Kloeden will have no decision-making powers.

* The government will try to make as many of thechanges as possible before introducing any legislation into Parliament, whichcould face opposition.

Mr Jeffreys was contacted for comment today. Heconfirmed the email’s contents and said: “I think the letter speaks foritself, and I stand by the comments.”

The Examiner has contacted the government for comment.

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