Lives risked by log spiking

THE discovery of at least nine metal bolts in logs sourced from harvesting coupes near Mt Field in the Derwent Valley has been condemned by Federal Labor Lyons MP Brian Mitchell. The logs were delivered to Karanja Timbers in the Derwent Valley and Mckay Timbers at Bridgewater by Sustainable Timber Tasmania from the Wentworth Hills area. Some of the bolts were discovered only once the logs were being cut, breaking saws and spinning fast-moving fragments into mills, exposing workers to danger. Mr Mitchell, pictured, said the spiking of trees destined for sawlog harvest requires condemnation. “There is no excuse for the spiking of trees — absolutely none,” he said. The spiking in the Derwent Valley coupe affected mills in Ellendale and Bridgewater.

"This spiteful, selfish and stupid activity puts workers’ lives at risk and costs local sawmillers thousands of dollars in downtime and repairs. “It doesn’t matter how passionate you are in your beliefs. We have plenty of political processes available for people to make their views known about timber harvesting without resorting to potentially lethal activities such as tree-spiking. “Authorities are now investigating the culprits and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.” Tasmanian Police are investigating the allegations of the tree spiking as protests in logging areas starts up again. Workplace Standards Tasmania is also investigating. Environmentalists have denied
any involvement.