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Tree growers helping drought stricken farmers

The Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Eric Abetz, has encouraged more plantation owners to follow the lead of Timbercorp and Great Southern Plantations in assisting drought stricken farmers.

Timbercorp currently has some 145 arrangements in place with farmers giving them access to land adjacent to plantations (eg under power lines) and to excess water.

Great Southern has confirmed that they have been able to offer assistance to around 60 farmers in the Green Triangle by making plantation properties available for grazing.

“The actions of Timbercorp and Great Southern in providing farmers access to feed and excess water is to be commended in this terrible drought,” the Minister said.

“It also shows how graziers and tree growers can work together for their mutual benefit.

“I encourage all plantation owners to consider how similar arrangements will help both neighbouring farmers and themselves by reducing fuel loads in plantations.”

The Minister noted that this was not the first time that plantations had been used to directly help farmers: last summer, there were several instances of stock being saved from bushfire by being moved into young, vigorous and relatively fire-resistant eucalypt plantations.

DAFF06/145A 6 December 2006

Further inquiries:

Senator Abetz’s office: Brad Stansfield 0419 884 666 Timbercorp: Matt Trewin 03 8615 1201 Great Southern: Jan Virgo 08 9320 9700

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