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Tenders invited for South East forestry industry studies



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MINISTER FOR RESOURCES SENATOR PETER C

PIE 89/268C 15 September 1989

TENDERS INVITED FOR SOUTH EAST FORESTRY INDUSTRY STUDIES

Senator Peter Cook, Minister for Resources, invited tenders today for consultancy studies into ways to achieve better use of small sized timber and to add value to low grade sawlogs in the sawmilling industry in southeast New South Wales.

These studies were part of the series of industry development studies which the Government had set in train for the timber industry in the Eden area, Senator Cook said.

"A smallwood utilisation program would achieve the maximum possible recovery of wood for pulping.

"Value adding manufacture would achieve the maximum possible economic returns from sawmilling operations.

"I expect these new studies to be conducted over the next two months.

"Better use of smallwood is expected to provide additional pulping resources from timber which is now left to burn or rot in the forest.

"In other words, it will ensure that timber otherwise wasted will be used for its highest possible value purpose and may help reduce the volume of trees needed to be logged to meet Harris-Daishowa's woodchip export licence.

"The smallwood utilisation study will identify how much additional resource can be gleaned from the forest through use of small-sized timber.

"I am also exploring with NSW and the industry ways in which the proposed State and industry field trials may be linked with the study," Senator Cook said.

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The second study on value-adding manufacture would identify the industry infrastructural requirements to facilitate the development of value-adding manufacture.

It would also assess prospects of using new techniques perfected overseas to deal with the problem of reduced availability of big, high quality logs, Senator Cook said.

"Adding value to the sawlog product would underpin the long term development and future of the forestry industry in the south east."

This call for tenders follows Senator Cook's invitation last week for tenders on a flitchmill consultancy.

"Further studies on other aspects of the Commonwealth's industry development plan for the south east forests will be commissioned shortly to consider such issues for the Eden area as the development of hardwood plantations," he said.

"My plans are progressing to establish a group representing the State and local governments, industry, unions and conservationists to advise on how this industry plan can be seen through.

"The Federal Government sees this whole program as crucial to its policy of establishing a viable basis in the long term for the timber industry in the south east of NSW," Senator Cook said.

"This is an important development flowing from the Commonwealth-NSW forest agreement.

"The agreement is designed to enable industry activity to be maintained, jobs to be protected and the local environment to be rigorously defended," Senator Cook said.

(The terms of reference for the studies are attached. Enquiries on details of the study should, in the first instance, be directed to the Forestry Branch of the Department of Primary Industries and Energy on 062 724261.)

Enquiries: Dominic Nagle (062) 777480.

VALUE-ADDING MANUFACTURE IN THE SAWMILLING INDUSTRY t

Terms of Reference

1. Within the context of the agreement in relation to the southeast forests of NSW, identify and assess the prospects for value-adding manufacture in the sawmilling industry in the Eden Management Area.

2. Identify the industry infrastructural requirements to facilitate the development of value-adding manufacture.

3. Identify and evaluate the economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of further value-adding manufacture. Costs and benefits are to be evaluated at a community, local government and regional level.

4 . Identify and report on other relevant community, industry and environmental concerns raised during the study.

5. Study to be completed by 31 January 1990.

BETTER UTILISATION OF SMALLWOOD

Terms of Reference

1. Within the context of the agreement in relation to the southeast forests of NSW, assess and report on the . prospects for better utilisation of the pulpwood resource through increased recovery of small-sized pulpwood grade material currently not taken during integrated harvesting

operations.

2. Identify any technical constraints to the efficient harvesting, transport and processing of smallwood and suggest measures to address such constraints.

3. Identify and evaluate the social, economic and environmental costs and benefits of better utilisation of smallwood. Costs and benefits to be evaluated at a community, local government and regional level.

4 . Identify and report on other relevant community, industry and environmental concerns raised during the study.

5. Study to be completed by 31 January 1990.

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