Byan Green (Monday) revealed that rail services are not required for the pulp mill, raising questions about the possibility of 70,000-odd logtruck trips per year in and out of the pulp mill site.
It also raises questions about the impact of these movements and the inclusion, or not, of these impacts in the proposal documentation.
JOURNALIST: Are you concerned about impact [of cancelled rail services] on the pulp mill?
BRYAN GREEN: It’s my understanding that discussions between rail and the pulp mill proponents have ensured that the pulp mill can be serviced adequately without rail.
JOURNO: It was said in the project statement that they could guarantee people living in the area that most of the logs would come into the pulp mill by rail instead of road and road movements have been estimated at 35,000 movements per year, if they all have to come by road. Now that is obviously going to put the project in a different light to many people.
BRYAN GREEN: Bell Bay is serviced from a range of catchments right now, predominantly by road and we’re talking about an equivalent tonnage of woodchips.
That’s right, it is apparent that Minister Green doesn’t care if Tamar residents face an extra 35,000 logtruck “movements” per year as a result of their new pulp mill.
By the way, one logtruck “movement” involves one delivery and one return trip. In my book, that makes 35,000 trips one way and 35,000 the other way, which used to equal 70,000 when I went to school.