Confidential documents reveal the VicForests has been exporting whole logs to China for rock bottom prices. In the absence of a viable market for so called 'residual' timber, after the collapse of the export woodchip market, VicForests are stopping to new lows here by exporting unprocessed timber and exporting jobs. Our forests are worth so much more standing than they are as unprocessed logs heading to China for rock bottom prices.
The Andrew's government appears to have relaxed restrictions on the the export of unprocessed materiel. It's a move that has angered environmentalists and the Unions. Looks like the rogue agency VicForests has the government wrapped around their finger.
The story broke in The Age newspaper this morning. GECO's Ed Hill spoke with the ABC, explaining that in the language of VicForests, 'residue' actually means whole trees from high conservation value forests. Click read more for media.
VicForests considers exporting residual/offcut timber to China
July 13, 2015 , 2:35 PM by Jonathon Kendall
What should be done with Victoria’s low grade native timber.... or what’s called residual timber?
Should it be wood-chipped, maybe burnt for electricity, or sold as firewood?
One idea is to ship it to China.
Nathan Trushell is with VicForests, he spoke with Jonathon Kendall on ABC Gippsland this morning.
Mr Trushell told Jonathon Kendall that typically the wood is sold in the $60-$70 per tonne range.
Ed Hill from the Goongerah Environment Centre also had his say. He says the timber shouldn't be treated as residual or a waste product.
Victorian timber bound for China under secret Andrews Government rescue plan
Originally published on The Age website - Josh Gordon, State Political Editor