Short-term industry really

LETTER

Terry Sheldrake writes plausibly about the (implausible) heavy-traffic bypass, but two expressions in common usage should be questioned.

“Ever-increasing volumes of traffic in and around our city.” No, they are increasing, but not forever. Climate change and the move, not just to alternative transport, but to less transport, will make sure of that.

“Tairawhiti . . . has a serious logging industry that is growing and is here for the long term.”

The industry is here for a short period, less than a generation, although in business jargon this is technically the long term. We should add that it is an industry with such serious infrastructure demands that it cannot even pay for itself, even in the short term.

Gavin Maclean

Terry Sheldrake writes plausibly about the (implausible) heavy-traffic bypass, but two expressions in common usage should be questioned.

“Ever-increasing volumes of traffic in and around our city.” No, they are increasing, but not forever. Climate change and the move, not just to alternative transport, but to less transport, will make sure of that.

“Tairawhiti . . . has a serious logging industry that is growing and is here for the long term.”

The industry is here for a short period, less than a generation, although in business jargon this is technically the long term. We should add that it is an industry with such serious infrastructure demands that it cannot even pay for itself, even in the short term.

Gavin Maclean

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Phil Hunt - 20 days ago
Don't often agree with Gavin, but the so-called "forestry industry" is not even worth the money spent on its demands! We, the taxpayer, pay for a large proportion of the damage caused by their operations. In my mind it is a cost-neutral construct, meaning at the end of the day there is virtually no benefit from them. Sure workers get paid and pay tax etc, but if you add up the other costs (each forestry death is about the same cost as a road death) there is very little benefit to the region and society as a whole.

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