Former ABC gardening host and Communist Party of Australia Senate candidate, Peter Cundall has been named Tasmania's nomination for 2009 Australian of the Year.
Cundall has been the public face of opposition to the building of a woodchip mill in Tasmania that would:
* directly employ, on average, more than 1600 Tasmanians over 30 years
* return enough power (from biomass) to the national electricity grid to power Launceston
* save 1.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year (normally spent transporting woodchips to Japan).
* inject billions into the Tasmanian economy, growing it by 2.5 per cent, and adding $890 million to government revenue - money that could be spent on things like hospitals, schools and the environment.
The project is seriously in doubt as finance is currently unavailable. The interminable delays caused by the various Cundalls of this world may ultimately have been successful in stopping the project.