Far South Future advocates for sustainable development that is sensitive to the needs of residents, existing industries and the environment. We advocate for potential developers and elected leaders at all levels of government to be transparent and accountable, to engage meaningfully with the community and to genuinely seek community endorsement.
The Dover woodchip port debate had the effect of bringing together concerned residents with a diverse range of expertise. The process led to accrued skills and knowledge, leaving Far South Future as a credible voice to continue the conversation about how we see the future of the region. We will continue to work to ensure that future projects bring real, long-term benefits to local people and the region for generations to come.
In November 2017, Southwood Fibre announced plans to export up to 800,000 tonnes of woodchip through a new export facility to be built in Dover Bay. Far South Future had a number of concerns about this development and mounted a grassroots campaign to oppose it. The proponent withdrew the proposal on 26th July, 2018.
Far South Future will continue to question and oppose development proposals that are not compatible with our values and lifestyle, existing industry and the environment. We encourage decision-makers to investigate alternatives to a southern port, such as investing in a rail option, and would like to see more value-adding to timber, creating more jobs and income for the local economy.
Huon Valley Council elections
Far South Future congratulates all newly elected councillors and the new mayor and deputy mayor. History was written when the 2018 election saw the first female Mayor for the Huon Valley (Bec Enders) elected. more info