Entry Submitted by Gary Hamilton at 9:39 PM EDT on October 25, 2016
I am proposing to establish a minimum of a 500,000 Leatherwood tree Plantation in north east Tasmania, the acquisition of suitable land, will cost in the order of Aud $18.0m & the establishment of the plantation, irrigation, machinery, accommodation etc, in the order of Aud $24.0m, & maintenance to production a further Aud $30.0m.
Upon reaching the blossom stage, our estimates of the potential leatherwood honey annual production could exceed Aud $300.0m P.A., & benefit the full time employment of over 1,000 workers & another 1,000 associated workers.
Approximately two-thirds of Tasmania's honey production is from Leatherwood blossom, it grows in rainforests in the southern & western areas of Tasmania, within regions controlled by the state government, as other production forests or World Heritage Area.
Leatherwood honey has a strong flavour & a particularly distinctive aroma, it is unique to Tasmania & has established a worldwide reputation as a distinct honey type, ofter referred to as the worlds best honey, & is seen as an icon for Tasmania’s clean green image & food products, most of this product is exported to Asia.
Forestry Tasmania's, failure to protect known & itemised stands of Leatherwood is well documented & is definitely not in the interests of beekeepers or protection of this industry & production of this unique honey is greatly reduced.
The Proposed plantation would provide a significant island of protected trees & a boost to the Leatherwood honey industry.