So Blueridge sawmill operator Allan Richards doesn’t want to end native forest logging (Magnet 15/10/15). My response: he would say that, wouldn't he? Mr Richards’ sawmill got roughly $6m from taxpayers to act as window dressing for the woodchipping industry. You can't maintain the myth that woodchipping is a by-product of sawmilling unless you have at least one sawmill. Eden now has only one, Blueridge. Without massive subsidies like this the industry would have disappeared years ago.
16 October 2015