Tony Abbott’s ‘Green Army’ under attack as Coalition cuts budget by nearly half

Guardian item, linked below, is from 15 Dec 2015, after Paris. Question now is will our new  PM be able to walk it, to actually deliver on promises, rather than just talk-the-talk?

Until now, budget for Direct Action/Green Army tree planting has been $50M for 20M trees, which amounts to $2.50 per tree. When you consider just Free Market Economics procedures for tender bids, 6 month project small teams, managers, training, vehicles, uniforms, seed gathering, germinating, propagation, planting, stakes and shields, watering, weeding etc etc…surely it would cost more than $2.50 just for piece of Green Army provided BS wipe toilet paper?

Target for CO2 absorption for whole 20M trees is 85Mtonnes/year. With trees planted at 10m separation, you get 100 trees/hectare. Per Australia’s Chief Scientist, trees absorb 0.3 to 2tonnes/hectare/year, so for ease of arithmetic and considering other than high grade farmland, low fertility and rainfall, let’s work on 1 tonne/hectare/year. This means forest planting of 85Mhectares. Government web site shows current total forest cover is only 106Mhectares. 100Mhectares is 1,000 x 1,000km, sure is a big country but…how has Green Army lasted this long with numbers as rubbery as this?

>more> TheGuardian

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