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Forestry
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scandal
Local leaders claim state misled region
Mr O’Brien told The Border An emotional Grant District
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Email Government had made a decision councils of the region would not
and it was up to the community accept the government’s shock
A STATE Government’s revela- to prepare for the change. announcement.
tion on Wednesday night that “The State Government has “The information that they gave
“the decision has been made” and made a decision and some people us in the meeting that the decision
the forward sale of ForestrySA may be unhappy with it, but the had already been made in 2008
plantation rotations will go ahead decision has been made, which is was a shock – it is unbelievable
has caused outcry amongst local going to drive change – you can that no consultation has been had
council leaders and stakehold- either sit back and be passive or with stakeholders and community
ers, with claims the government say things are changing and map and that an impact statement is
misled the public for over two out the future,” he said. nowhere to be found,” he said.
years and disregarded the impact The revenue raised from the “The State Government has not
the sale would have on South East sale would be used to relieve the thought beyond the cash grab –
SHOWTIME: Children and parents alike will today be enjoying the hospitality, communities. state’s significant debt, according this is a community asset that
laughter, atmosphere and great memories that are only associated with the Forestry Minister Michael to Mr O’Brien. was put there in the 1900s to grow
Mount Gambier Spring Show. Thousands of people are expected through the O’Brien faced a room of angry “The money will retire debt as the region, yet the government
gates for the main show day tomorrow, with the Saturday night fireworks to stakeholders on Wednesday the credit rating agencies want has now decided they need to
again be one of the highlights of the event. Jenna Male, Harry Brooks and Jade night in Mount Gambier as he us to move out of deficit to retain balance their books at the cost
Musolino (pictured) love riding the teacups and are excited about the opportunity answered questions to clarify our AAA credit rating – the deficit of thousands of local jobs.”
to try some new sideshows today. Picture: SAM DOWDY details of the sale of $2.8b worth is a result of the GFC (Global
of timber assets. Financial Crisis),” he said. Continued page 6

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