Gunns growers consider legal options

Tasmanian plantation farmers facing uncertainty with the collapse of the timber company Gunns are considering legal action.

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) is seeking legal advice for landowners who are not being paid for their Gunns leases while the company is in administration.

Growers are frustrated the administrator, PPB Advisory, wants to extend the administration period until July, while it seeks a new party to manage the leases.

About 100 landowners attended a TFGA meeting in Launceston and spokesman Nick Steele says some of them are doing it tough.

"TFGA, from the meeting, have been charged with gaining further legal advice on behalf of the individuals there to look at the letter in more detail, to provide legal advice on that and to get that advice out to the individuals that were present," he said.

"There's a lot that I've spoken to who this is their income that they've been relying on, it could be their retirement, it could be part of their succession plan within their farming family so it really has rocked the boat for a lot of people."

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