Aug 18, 2017

All quiet on Quintis: why is the NT govt backing a dud?

When TFS, now Quintis, received major project status from the Country Liberal Party many were sceptical. But now the new Gunner government has decided to continue backing the company, we have to ask whether any of this stands up to scrutiny.

Bob Gosford — Editor of The Northern Myth

Bob Gosford

Editor of The Northern Myth

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

In late 2015 the then Country Liberal Party government in the Northern Territory awarded sandalwood plantation operator Tropical Forestry Services (TFS -- now Quintis Limited) “major project status”, which was supposed to triple TFS sandalwood production across the Territory. At the time, major project status signified that a project was of “major economic importance” and would receive “whole-of-government coordination” to grease the wheels of regulatory approval and assist with the management of economic, environmental and social impacts.

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