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Tuckey confirms access to Eden wood supplies.

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Minister for Forestry and Conservation and Minister assisting the Prime Minister




21 May 1999




The Commonwealth has demonstrated its commitment to the timber industry in the Eden region, agreeing to the release for harvesting of four deferred forest compartments.


The Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Wilson Tuckey, has written to the NSW Minister for Forestry, Kim Yeadon, confirming that the release of the forest blocks will enable industry to maintain wood supplies.


The compartments in the Gnupa State Forest and Yambulla State Forest have been deferred from harvesting pending the completion of the Eden Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) between the Commonwealth and NSW Governments.


“The Commonwealth and NSW are close to reaching agreement on the Eden RFA, with constructive discussions between the two governments,” Mr Tuckey said.


“In the meantime, it is important to ensure that wood supplies, jobs and contractual obligations in the region can be maintained.


“Commonwealth analysis confirms that the release of the four compartments will not prejudice a comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system under the RFA.”


Mr Tuckey said a similar request had been received for the release of deferred forest compartments in the Upper and Lower North East regions of NSW. The processing of this request was delayed pending the supply of supporting data by the NSW Government.


Mr Tuckey said the necessary data had been received this week and he expected to be able to announce a decision on these areas within the next week.


This prompt decision by the Commonwealth Government after months of interrupted negotiations is further evidence of the Commonwealths determination to resolve outstanding RFA issues in NSW.


Contact: Graeme Hallett 0419 688 440



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