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Wednesday, 30 October 1996
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(Question No. 257)


Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, upon notice, on 9 October 1996:

With reference to Tasmania's proposals to amend the Interim Forest Agreement as stated in the answer to question on notice No. 185, can the following details be supplied?

(1) Which coupes, allegedly commenced before the IFA came into force, have been subject to approval for completion of operations (see part (1) of answer to question on notice No. 185).

(2) With reference to part (3) of the answer to question on notice No. 185, which areas and/or coupes are subject to agreed or proposed changes to the IFA.

(3) With reference to part (4) of the answer to question on notice No. 185, what are the proposed changes to the IFA.

(4) Has the Minister agreed to any changes in the IFA.

(5) Will any of the coupes in Schedule 1 of the IFA be removed from interim protection as a result of the proposed changes by Tasmania; if so, what are those coupes.


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

(1) RR 164, JV 131A, MO 115A, SY 6E, WH 12A roadline (stockpile), AR 46F.

(2) Tasmania has proposed that the following coupes be included in Forestry Tasmania's Three Year Wood Production Plans for 1995-96 to 1997-98 (the WPP), on the grounds that they meet the requirements of the exceptional circumstances review provisions of the IFA:

   AR 043C, AR 046J, AS 117A, BE 105C (road), BH 001A, BN 106A, BN 112A, BU 102A (road), CA 152F (road), CZ 17B, EC 023B, EC 036D, FT 020A, Huon District roads (salvage only), RM 488A, SB 3A, SF 107A, SF 107C, SK 001A, SW 112A, SX 011B, SX 021A, SX 037A, SX 48B, SX 48D, TE 008B, TN 023B, TN 063F, TU 497C (road), WA 004B, WA 010E, WI 107E (road), WT 008A, WW 036C.

As part of this request, Tasmania has sought deletion of the following coupes from the current WPP:

   BC 58C; BU 107A; CR 165B; DR 4A; FT 15E; KY 6A; MB 22D; MM 26B; PC 22A; RP 34B; SX 34A; TN 34C; WE 38A.

(3)   Following preparation of Forestry Tasmania's 1996-97 to 1998-99 WPP, Tasmania has requested amendment of the IFA to permit the addition of the following coupes to the existing WPP on operational grounds:

   BF 32A, EV 113A, FT 001A, FT 008M, FT 008X, NW 006C, NW 006D, OO 083C, OO 085A, OO 086A, PA 152G, PU 040C, RT 242B, TU 490D, UR 022B, WH 19B, WT 003E, WT 044G, WW 032C, YD 018B.

As part of this request, Tasmania has sought deletion of the following coupes from the current WPP:

   BO 89A; EV 13C; FO 4A; FO 4D; GC 138A; GC 162A (half); LR 445B; ML 54A; ML 55C; SF 166B; TA 18G; TA 18I; TA 18J.

Tasmania has also sought amendment of the IFA to allow variations to the WPP associated with access roading to coupes covered by the Plan, where this does not prejudice the opportunity to

establish a CAR reserve system. They have requested a clarification to the effect that wood felled during non-forestry activities permitted within the Interim Forest Area under clause 7 of the Agreement may be extracted.

(4) Any variations to the IFA will be agreed by the Prime Minister and Premier of Tasmania. It is my understanding that, at the time of writing (23 October 1996), no variations have been agreed.

(5) No.