Saunders feeling the heat
THE organiser of a hardwood timber industry rally in Granville this weekend said he hoped Maryborough's Labor MP was feeling the discomfort of an angry sector which forms a key part of the river town's local economy.
Sam Slack, owner of Slack's Hardwood at Reid's Creek, said industry representatives were meeting with Bruce Saunders on Thursday ahead of Saturday's rally.
"We're pleased that Mr Saunders has said he supports the timber industry, but we still need an outcome,” Mr Slack said.
"The worst thing that could happen is for him to pat us on the back and say, 'Don't worry, I support you'.
"The easy way out for him is to say mean old Jackie Trad made me take dictation and we're stuck with the decision.”
Mr Slack said it may be an uncomfortable meeting for Mr Saunders.
"But his comfort is not my concern,” he said.
Mr Slack said it was hard to pin down numbers exactly, but he expected around 500-1000 at the rally.
"Although it possibly could be 300-3000,” he said.
Mr Slack said he expected coverage of the rally from Wide Bay television stations and the Fraser Coast Chronicle would also be covering the event.
The hardwood industry is concerned about proposed changes to its industry code of practice which it says will cripple the industry long-term.