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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 232 ..




Wood Products - Purchases

Ms Tucker - asked the Minister for Environment Land and Planning: In relation to the purchase of woodchips and other woodproducts for use by the Government -

(1) What quantity of woodchips was used in 1994-95.

(2) What was the source or sources of the woodchips.

(3) What, if any, quantity did not come from plantation based timber and what was the source or sources of the timber.

(4) Were any woodchips obtained from non-plantation sourced timber and if so, why.

Mr Humphries - the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) Approximately 4 000m3 of softwood woodchips, pinebark and wood shavings were purchased for use in landscape maintenance and playgrounds in 1994/95. These purchases are augmented by the in-house production of 12 000 m3 of woodchips from the waste generated by municipal tree maintenance activities.

(2) The purchased wood products are sourced from suppliers in the ACT and nearby districts. The municipal tree maintenance sourced product comes from the entire variety of species of trees growing in Canberra.

(3) The forest sources of the timber from which the wood products are processed is not defined in the purchasing contract. The majority of these wood products from all sources is understood to be mill wastes and by-products of the production of sawn timber. As almost all softwoods are plantation grown, it may be assumed that this softwood is sourced from commercial plantation timbers.

(4) Maintenance of the urban tree population results in large volumes of loppings and a smaller volume of whole trees, which are recycled as woodchippings and used for mulching in landscaping works by staff and urban landcare groups.

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