Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said the High Court’s decision today is a victory for Tasmania’s sustainable forestry industry.

“The so-called ‘Great Forest Case’ is dead in the water, and the real winner is the forestry industry and the hardworking men and women who work in it,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“This is a win for common sense and a win for the regional economies that rely on forestry.

“The Bob Brown Foundation must now accept that the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement is valid.

“Regional Forest Agreements are the best way of balancing environmental, economic and social demands for our native forests.

“There is no bigger backer of the forestry industry than this government. Our forests are the ultimate renewable resource and our forest product industries are vital to our regional communities.

“We have a world-class, sustainable forestry industry that deserves to be celebrated, not decimated, by activists.”