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South Australian pulp mill bill amended to exclude forestry expansion policy

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

One of the problems of which everyone was conscious was the fact that, if the forest expansion policy was left as it was, the NRM board’s hands could be tied behind its back in terms of its adaptive management of water into the future, said South Asutralian MHA R.G. Kerin in the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

Dry years challenge future management: “The resource down there has suffered from a series of dry years and, not knowing what future weather patterns will be, a couple of other members and I were quite concerned that, by putting it into the [Penola Pulp Mill Authorisation] bill (particularly expressed as hectares), we were removing a lot of the NRM board’s flexibility — and the NRM board is charged with managing that resource, and adaptively managing it into the future,” said Kerin.

Expansion policy an ongoing challenge: Kerin said: “I fully support the removal of the forest expansion policy from the bill, and I think the government will have an ongoing challenge in that area in terms of how it manages that particular policy. Along the way (and before agreeing to the removal of the clause), we addressed another issue that was raised by many people: the fact that the bill, as presented in the house, actually included both softwoods and hardwoods. The committee had previously made a decision to remove softwoods from the equation because that was not relevant, as softwoods would not be used in the mill.”

Reference: R.G. Kerin, Member for Frome, House of Assembly, South Australia, 11 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 16/9/2007

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