THE DISTILLERY: Smoking Gunns

Jotters explain why the long-running environmental debate that weighed heavily on Gunns was far from its only problem.

The collapse of Gunns will be inevitably remembered for the fierce environmental debate that its $2.3 billion Bell Bay Pulp Mill project stirred up. While Australia’s business commentators are in agreement that the green campaign hurt the timber company, a series of other management missteps, permit approval delays, falling woodchip prices and a high Australian dollar all helped fell it. And after all that, the controversial project isn’t necessarily dead.

But it’s best to start with The Australian Financial Review’s Chanticleer columnist Mike Smith, a native Tasmanian, who gives a wonderful first hand account of the polarising debate that a company like Gunns unleashed over the island state.

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