*Pic: The chipmill site …
Aerial view of the site
A view from the water of the site
The future … ? Pic: Matt Newton, http://www.matthewnewton.com.au/
First published July 6
A draft development application for a woodchip export facility near Dover reveals there would be truck movements every five minutes between Judbury and Strathblane 10 hours a day, six days a week.
In November, Southwood Fibre, which is part of the Neville-Smith Forest Products Group, announced plans for a $42 million woodchip export facility at Strathblane.
That proposal has since raised concerns among some local community members and salmon giant Tassal, which has a nearby lease.
Right to Information (RTI) documents obtained by the Tasmanian Greens showed a series of emails between Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT, the state-owned forestry business) and Southwood Fibre, which Franklin MP Rosalie Woodruff said indicates “active collusion” between the State Government and the proponents.
The Greens also obtained the November version of a 500-page development application for the project, which has not yet been fully submitted to the Huon Valley Council for consideration.
The application revealed there would be an expected 13 truck movements per hour both ways between Strathblane and Judbury if the operation ran 10 hours a day, six days a week.
There would also be 800 additional truck movements per week delivering wood to Southwood for chipping.
A new road would also be needed to avoid incursions into the World Heritage Area because the middle of Peak Rivulet Road, which would otherwise be the preferred route, is the border of the World Heritage Area.
An email within the correspondence sent to STT from a redacted email address said: “we need a new road with a new name, it can be metres from the existing road if need be … ”
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