Questions on Notice No 6610
59 Parliament First Session
Asked: 11 May 2022

Question on Notice

Mr Northe to ask the Minister for Agriculture — With reference to Opal Australian Paper and timber supplies that are provided to the company under the Forests (Wood Pulp Agreement) Act 1996:

(1) According to cl 14(2) of the schedule, the minimum annual supply from areas of forests under the Plan of Utilization provides that for each year between 2010–11 to 2029–30 be 350,000 cubic meters of pulpwood. Have these quantities been achieved from 2010–11 to 2020–21.

(2) How many cubic metres of pulpwood under the agreement are expected to be supplied to Opal Australian Paper in 2021–22.

(3) How much of this pulpwood has been obtained from the forest area as described under the Act.

(4) Has any supply been sourced from more than 200 km outside of the Opal Australian Paper Maryvale Mill.

(5) If there is a shortfall of supply in 2021–22 will this impact upon the operations at Opal Australian Paper Maryvale Mill.

(6) If the Government does not meet its legislated quantity of supply to Opal Australian Paper, what are the consequences or penalties that apply.

(7) Are legal civil actions against VicForests contributing to a shortfall of timber supply.

(8) Have any legal civil actions against VicForests been upheld to date.

(9) Due to litigation against VicForests in 2019–20, 2020–21 and 2021–22, how many direct, indirect and contractor jobs have been lost in the timber and timber harvesting sector.

(10) Can the Government quantify the results of unsuccessful legal actions against VicForests with respect to reductions in timber supply by cubic metre and the number of Victorian jobs lost in the timber industry.

(11) What actions is the Government undertaking to ensure that timber supply in Victoria is not threatened by unsuccessful civil litigants.

(12) When will these actions be enacted.

No answer available