Ta Ann's Japanese customers in Tasmania today should know the truth behind the products misleadingly sold to them as sustainably sourced, Australian Greens Acting Leader, Christine Milne said today.
"It comes as no surprise that Ta Ann has fronted the media today to pre-empt a protest held outside its premises in which environment groups demanded the company tell the truth behind its so-called Eco Ply product.
"Ta Ann's claims about sustainability in a publication released today is a direct attempt at pulling the wool over their customers' eyes, and an attempt at painting itself as an environmentally responsible company.
"The fact is that Ta Ann is driving the logging of HCV forests that have never been logged and is paying a pittance for the timber. No amount of PR can disguise that.
"Ta Ann says that environment groups are peddling misinformation in their claims that high conservation forests are used in the making of Eco Ply.
"Tasmanians, and any prospective Ta Ann customers deserve to know the truth; they should go immediately to Miranda Gibson's blog from the heart of a high conservation value coupe destined to be logged for Ta Ann.
"Ta Ann's product is obtained from the 430,000 hectares of high conservation value forests placed under immediate interim protection by Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.
"The fact that Ta Ann has been named as the major driver behind the government's decision to log 43 logging coupes within the 430,000 hectares of high conservation value forests that are supposed to be protected under the IGA is proof that Ta Ann is sourcing material from Tasmania's wild and pristine forests.
"How many Government hand outs does Ta Ann expect? Already it has a 16 year contract for a fixed price and Tasmanians are denied information about the financial returns to the state for the logging volumes that are delivered to its door.
"Ta Ann is selling our high conservation value forests off as a cheap resource, just as Gunns did with native forest woodchips. The government must understand that customers will eventually be informed of the truth, and a company wrongly claiming they are using sustainable practices, is in itself unsustainable as a commercial entity."