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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6044

Senator Nettle asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 25 September 2002:

Has Harris-Daishowa (Australia) Pty Ltd, or any private or public agency on its behalf, prepared a study into the establishment of a pulpmill in the Eden-Monaro region of New South Wales; if so: (a) who conducted the study; (b) what were its principal findings; (c) when was it undertaken; and (d) is it a public document.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for the Environment and Heritage has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I believe that a study was prepared for the NSW State Government in the mid 1970s, of which the Commonwealth has no details. There was also a feasibility study prepared for a proposed pulpmill at Towamba, a township west of Eden, the details of which are:

(a) The study was conducted by H.A. Simons;

(b) The principal finding was that the proposed pulpmill would not be economically viable;

(c) The study was undertaken in 1986;

(d) The study is not a public document.

The government is not aware of any other Eden-Monaro pulpmill studies initiated, contracted or prepared by Harris-Daishowa.