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Wednesday, 11 September 1996
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(Question No. 170)


Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, upon notice, on 7 August 1996:

(1) For each licence to export unprocessed wood, current at 31 July 1996, can the following information be provided: (a) the company name; (b) the port through which the wood will be exported; (c) the type of wood (softwood or hardwood); (d) the form (whole logs, woodchips or other); (e) the source of the wood (whether plantation or native forest, crown or private, logging, silvicultural or sawmill residues, or other); (f) the volume (green tonnes disaggregated according to type of wood, form and source in the categories of (c), (d) and (e); and (g) the dates of issue and expiry.

(2) For each application for a licence to export unprocessed wood received between 1 January and 31 July 1996, which has not yet been issued or rejected, can the following information be provided: (a) the company name; (b) the port through which the wood is proposed to be exported; (c) the type of wood (softwood or hardwood); (d) the form (whole logs, woodchips or other); (e) the source of the wood (whether plantation or native forest, crown or private, logging, silvicultural or sawmill residues, or other); (f) the volume applied for (green tonnes disaggregated according to type of wood, form and source in the categories of (c) (d) and (e); (g) the date of the application; and (h) the starting date and length of time for which the application is made.


Senator Parer —The Minister for Primary Industries and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The enclosed tables provide the information requested in regard to unprocessed wood export licences current as at 31 July 1996. Table 1 shows hardwood woodchip licences, while Table 2 shows softwood licences.

(a) Refer Tables 1 & 2.

(b) Refer Tables 1 & 2.

(c) Refer Tables 1 & 2.

(d) Refer Tables 1 & 2.

(e) Refer Tables 1 & 2. Subject to individual licence conditions, wood can be sourced from Crown or private land. Hardwood woodchip licences require exporters to give preference (in descending order) to sawmill residues, reject logs, logging residues, silvicultural thinnings and silvicultural residues.

(f) Refer Tables 1 & 2. Only aggregate volumes shown. Hardwood woodchip licences require exporters to give preference (in descending order) to sawmill residues, reject logs, logging residues, silvicultural thinnings and silvicultural residues. They do not specify the proportion of each type of material that may be exported.

(g) Refer Tables 1 & 2.

There are a number of other licences for the export of relatively small volumes of sandalwood from Queensland and Western Australia. Licences were also issued for small volumes of hardwood exported on a trial basis. These have not been detailed in this response.

(2) There were 4 applications for export licences received between 1 January 1996 and 31 July 1996 which had not been considered, one of which was for the export of hardwood chips. It is not appropriate for me to comment on these applications.

Table 1: Hardwood Woodchip Export Licences (as at 31/7/96)

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Company NamePort of ExportLicence TonnageStart DateExpiry DateSource Location
Harris-Daishowa Eden212,0001/01/9631/12/96Vic
(Aust.)Eden53,0009/02/9631/12/96Vic
Eden424,0001/01/9631/12/96NSW
Eden106,0009/02/9631/12/96NSW
Sawmillers Newcastle230,4001/01/9631/12/96NSW
Exports Pty LtdNewcastle57,6009/02/9631/12/96NSW
Newcastle*40,0001/01/9631/12/96NSW
Newcastle*60,00022/02/9631/12/96NSW
Midway ForestGeelong55,2001/01/9631/12/96Vic
ProductsGeelong13,8009/02/9631/12/96Vic
Geelong88,8001/01/9631/12/96Vic
Geelong22,2009/02/9631/12/96Vic
Geelong21,6001/01/9631/12/96VIC
Geelong5,4009/02/9631/12/96Vic
Geelong10,4001/01/9631/12/96VIC
Geelong2,6009/02/9631/12/96Vic
Geelong48,0001/01/9631/12/96VIC
Geelong12,0009/02/9631/12/96Vic
Geelong8,0006/02/9631/12/96NSW
Geelong2,0009/02/9631/12/96NSW
Bunnings Bunbury600,0001/01/9631/12/96WA
(WA Chip & Pulp Co.)Bunbury150,00013/7/9631/12/96WA
Bunbury*70,0001/01/9631/12/96WA
Bunbury*40,000 27/3/9631/12/96WA
Whittakers (Southern Bunbury88,0001/01/9631/12/96WA
Plantations & Chip Co.)Bunbury22,00013/7/9631/12/96WA
North Broken Burnie/Bell1,350,4001/01/9631/12/96Tasmania
Hill LimitedBay/Triabunna337,60029/1/9631/12/96Tasmania
Burnie/Bell152,0001/01/9631/12/96Tasmania
Bay/Triabunna38,00029/1/9631/12/96Tasmania
as above*150,00013/03/9631/12/96Tasmania
Boral LimitedBell Bay752,0001/01/9631/12/96Tasmania
Bell Bay188,00029/1/96 31/12/96Tasmania
Bell Bay*30,0001/01/9631/12/96Tasmania
Gunns LimitedBell Bay/160,0001/01/9631/12/96Tasmania
Burnie40,00029/1/96 31/12/96Tasmania
* Denotes Plantation

Table 2: Softwood Export Licences (current as at 31 July 1996)

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Company NamePort of ExportLicence QuantityUnitStart DateExpiry DateMaterialPlantation Source
Canterwood Pty Ltd Gladstone450,000t1.7.9531.12.96woodchipsQld
Gladstone386,737t18.10.9531.12.96woodchipsQld
Qld Commodity Exports Pty LtdBrisbane400,000t1.1.9631.12.96woodchipsQld
Allen Taylor & Co Ltd Newcastle180,000t15.1.9631.12.96woodchipsNSW
Radiata Exports Pty LtdGeelong24,000m324.7.9631.12.96logsVIC/ACT
International Trading (Australia) Pty LtdGeelong40,000m31.3.9631.12.96logsVIC
Oberon forest productsPt Kembla240,000m31.7.9630.6.97logsNSW
Victorian Plantations Corp / Softwood Plantation ExportersGeelong500,000t1.1.9631.12.96woodchipsVIC
Midway softwoodGeelong300,000t3.4.9631.12.96woodchips & sawlogsVIC
Minister Primary Industries SA Portland380,000t1.1.9631.12.96woodchipsSA/VIC
Western Pacific WoodPortland30,000m32.2.9631.12.96logsSA/VIC
Auspine Portland1,000,000m31.1.9631.12.96woodchipsSA/VIC
Tas Resource Export Corporation Bell Bay132,000m317.9.9530.8.96logsTas
Whittakers Pty Ltd/SPCC/Navab owBunbury200,000t4.8.9531.7.96WoodchipsWA
North Forest Products Burnie200,000m31.8.9531.7.96logsTas
Burnie300,000t1.1.9631.12.96woodchipsTas
Pt Kembla 300,000 +200,000t m327.4.9630.4.97logs & woodchipsTas
Burnie200,000m326.6.9631.7.97logsTas
South Resources Pt Kembla250,000t24.4.9631.3.97woodchipsVIC, NSW, ACT
Forestry TasmaniaTas10,000m3,t1.1.9631.12.96woodchips, logs, billetsTas
Tas40,000m330.06.97logsTas