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Timber Salvage

Mr Heaven - asked the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning

(1) Does the Minister recall that following the recent loss of a tree near the Hyatt Hotel during a storm I raised with him the issue of the possible use of the timber by the ACT Government; if so, were the procedures altered for, dealing with these occurrences.

(2) With regard to the recent removal of a large cedar tree from the. Hacked Shopping Centre can the Minister advise (a) why-was.this tree removed; and (b) why wasnt the.timber from this large tree salvaged for possible use by the ACT Government and the public.

Mr Wood - the answer to the Members question is as follows:

(1) The tree in question was not the property of the ACT Government as it was located within the lease boundary of the Hyatt Hotel. A representative sample from a tree of the same age and species which had to be removed from Yarralumla was kept. This log is drying and City Parks staff are assessing its possible uses, including for use in specialised furniture for the Legislative Assembly.

Procedures for saving unusual or special timbers. are in place in City Parks. Many unusual timbers are stored until they are utilised by local wood turners.

(2) The cedar tree at Hackett shops was removed as it was dead and creating a hazard. Several large pieces were left on site for bystanders who expressed an interest in using it. This is normal practice.

The main piece of the trees butt is being kept at the Dickson tree surgery depot for use by local wood turners and other specialist uses as outlined above.


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