More than three months after federal government approved Gunns’ $2 billion Tamar Valley pulp mill, The Australian reports that finance and building contracts etc are still be finalised.
Conservationists and climate-change activists are hopeful that the delays to date plus the global credit squeeze brought on by the sub-prime crisis will be enough to sink the project – or perhaps move it to Hampshire, near Burnie, where a survey has shown good support for a plantations-only, chlorine-free pulp mill? Higher costs perhaps but the emotions would be reversed…
This is probably incredibly naive, something I have long been accused of (!) but I would love to see this mill go ahead in Hampshire, for all the economic good it would bring Tas while ‘saving’ the Tamar Valley.
I suppose time alone will tell in this chaotic world economic climate…wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall of the ANZ boardroom?