20 Oct 2011

The Case Against Sean Cadman

Sean Cadman is a tourism operator,  Wilderness Society executive and 'facilitator' of the forest peace talks in Tasmania. Cadman is now also the chair of FSC Australia, representing FSC member The Wilderness Society. In this interview with Airlie Ward of the ABC, it is revealed Cadman's eco tourism venture has been licensed by Forestry Tasmania. Thats interesting because in the same story Cadman says he acted as a facilitator for all the groups in the forestry peace talks. He even drafted the original 'Statement of Principles' agreement. We know because he left his name in the document properties. This agreement is only concerned with forests managed by Forestry Tasmania. Isn't that called 'conflict of interest'?
Cadman seems to have suggested the idea of importing wood chips into Tasmania so they could be pulped here as far back as 2007. 'we're exporting huge numbers of blue gum woodchips out of Portland and Albany now. Now, I ask you, why can't that resource go into a pulp mill if it gets built in Tasmania, why can't Gunns put its own 150,000 hectares of really high quality plantations in'. Gunns CEO Greg L'Estrange credits Cadman as coming-up with the 'forest peace plan'. This plan has always contained a trade-off between conserving high conservation forests and a pulp mill in Tasmania.
Everybody knows there is only one proposal for a pulp mill and that's at Bell Bay. Fortunately thats a long way away from Cadmans tourism venture. Even the tree plantations will go in somebody else's back yard. Is this the Cadman master plan? To destroy rival tourism businesses in the Tamar Valley, make the solution somebody else's problem and preserve his own business interests? In our view Cadman is not part of the solution, he is the problem.


Anonymous said...

That would be the least of the truth

Anonymous said...

This all looks irrefutable. No wonder L'Estrange likes Cadman. He should be thoroughly exposed.