From The Mercury .....
"Farmer Gerald Archer had refused to negotiate with Gunns over a route through his land for the $40 million water pipeline, without which the $2.5 billion mill could not go ahead.
However, DIER compulsorily acquired a 70m-wide corridor comprising a total of 11.96ha for the bypass in November 2009"
"DIER spokesman Simon Hiscock said at the time the move was "entirely unrelated to the construction of the Gunns pipeline which is a separate matter for negotiation by Gunns".
Do the excuses get anymore lame than this?
What an amazing coincidence that the land that was compulsorily acquired was the biggest piece of land Gunns wanted to build its pipeline across where the landowner refused access. A year ago the government denied the pipeline was envisaged to run within the bypass when there was evidence in support of such strategy.
I doubt that our parliamentarians would raise their own children to double cross their friends in the way that Premier Bartlett has double crossed the Archers, the people of the Tamar Valley and Tasmanians with his latest slight of hand for Gunns.
Premier Bartlett has been caught out again.