Sunday 27th May, 2018

Tassie government approves woodchip export facility

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A WOODCHIP export facility and related mill near Dover in the south of Tasmania has secured the support of the state government.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment granted Southwood Fibre Crown approval for the proposed $42m woodchip facility.

There are still hurdles to jump, however, with the scheme having to be assessed by the local Huon Council and the Environment Protection Authority prior to public consultation.

The trade in timber and woodchips in Tasmania remains intensely controversial and divisive.

Supporters have talked of the potential to create more jobs in a struggling economy while opponents fear it will lead to more logging and associated environmental damage.

In terms of shipping, proponent Southwood Timber said it expects vessels of around 240 metres long with a height of about 20-25meters above the water mark.

“We expect to actually export approximately 500,000 green metric tonnes per year of woodchips, the other 300,000 green metric tonnes will possibly be sold as peeler logs,” Southwood has stated.

“To move 500,000 green metric tonnes will be eleven vessels per year, which will be one approximately every 4.5 weeks.”

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