Fibre and Wood Supply Assessment
Final Report in preparation
The assessment is currently in progress
VEAC has been requested by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, to carry out an assessment of the viability of and capacity for, current volumes and potential fibre and wood supply areas in state forests in the Central Highlands, North East, Gippsland and East Gippsland regional forest agreement areas. A map of the relevant land may be viewed here.
The purpose of the assessment is to:
-identify the current, and currently projected, fibre and wood supply to industry from the specified area. The Council is required to take into consideration current contractual supply commitments;
-identify the current and likely future constraints to this supply;
-report on public land use and management; and
-report on the viability of and capacity for current and potential wood and fibre supply over appropriate time scales.
The full Terms of Reference are available here.
VEAC is required to consult with the Forest Industry Taskforce, including providing the taskforce with information on progress by 28 February 2017. More information of the Forest Industry Taskforce can be found here. VEAC is also required to consult with technical and industry experts to gather and confirm source data, and to document any relevant caveats to these data. .
The Council is required to provide a report on the completed assessment as soon as practicable but no later than 28 April 2017.
The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Act 2001 was amended in 2016 to allow the Minister to request the Council to conduct an assessment or to provide advice in relation to a matter that, in the opinion of the Minister, does not require an investigation, having regard to the matter's limited scale or scope or its technical nature. This assessment of fibre and wood supply is requested pursuant to the new section 26B of the Act.