Tiwi Islands – Northern Territory

Woodchip plantation breached environmental conditions: report

Posted by laurenmellor83 on September 17, 2007

 A Northern Territory Government report has described “widespread and systematic” breaches of biodiversity conditions by Great Southern Plantations on the Tiwi Islands. The ABC’s Background Briefing has obtained a confidential Territory Government assessment of the Tiwi Islands woodchip plantation. The document says there has been a poor level of compliance with federal biodiversity conditions. It states “the lack of action is clearly to the advantage of the forestry company”. Professor Steve Garnet from Charles Darwin University says only some of the required environmental surveys have been completed.

A timber plantation on Melville Island. (ABC: Wendy Carlisle)

A timber plantation on Melville Island. (ABC: Wendy Carlisle) 

“We’ve asked them why they haven’t been done but they haven’t given a reason for not doing them,” he said. Great Southern Plantation’s spokesman David Ikin says no rainforest has been chopped down. “It’s converting eucalypt open forest woodland to jobs for Indigenous Australians,” he said. Mr Ikin declined to comment on a Commonwealth investigation into allegations that buffer zones have been cleared. from the abc…

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One Response to “Woodchip plantation breached environmental conditions: report”

  1. sandrar said

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