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Amazing claptrap over wind thrown trees

27 June 2014

Amazing claptrap over wind thrown trees

Federated Farmers West Coast is staggered by the rhetoric on the Wind Thrown Trees Bill, passed under urgency last night, which allows for the recovery and use of native timber felled in Cyclone Ita.

“Being a Coaster, recycling dead trees into jobs will be good for us all,” says Katie Milne, Federated Farmers West Coast provincial president.

“We’ll be able to salvage something from Ita’s natural calamity being jobs if not new businesses. That’s something Federated Farmers supports.

“Even if some guys come in from outside the Coast, they have to stay somewhere and they have to be fed and watered too. They will also need to have their equipment serviced so we’re more open-minded.

“But watching Parliament last evening was like a combination of John McEnroe meeting Monty Python.

“For heaven’s sake, saplings need light to get away and being smothered by thousands of wind thrown trees isn’t going to help. Just leaving all those trees where they fell would be great for gorse, blackberry and any number of noxious weeds.

“The number of mentions about leaving rotten trees, ‘for Kiwi,’ only tells me that some MP’s do not have a single clue what on earth they are talking about.

“I’ve come across hardwoods that were knocked down in my grandparent’s day that are far from rotten. What’s more, there will be plenty of split trees that will be unusable so I am sure slugs will have plenty of places to thrive.

“Parliament would be funny if it wasn’t so frustrating to watch common sense leave the building. At least a majority of MP’s found enough commonsense last night to pass the Bill,” Mrs Milne concluded.


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