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New plantation management commitment

Discussions between Hancock Victorian Plantations (HPV) and Latrobe City Council have resulted in formal plantation management commitments

By Latrobe City Council - 19th July 2001 - Back to News

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Discussions between Hancock Victorian Plantations (HPV) and Latrobe City Council have resulted in formal plantation management commitments by HVP and positive changes to the company’s interaction with the local community.

Hancock Victorian Plantations manages around 40,000 hectares of land in the Latrobe Valley and annually supplies some 500,000 tonnes of plantation softwood (pine) and plantation hardwood (eucalypt) to sawmillers, panel producers and pulp and paper mills in Australia and overseas.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, said Hancock Victorian Plantations had begun a new era of plantation management practises in Gippsland.

"One example is a boundary marking protocol on its plantations as part of an agreement reached over Eucalypt plantation management practices on HVP licensed land. In the past, issues have often arisen over buffer strips and native vegetation, and clear marking will go a long way towards resolving these," Cr Jenkins said.

Cr Jenkins added that the Council was also very pleased to have worked so successfully with Hancocks on implementation of the management practices.

"We can see that HVP has listened to what we proposed and is taking positive action as a result. We now have a sound working relationship over important matters of plantation management, which bodes well for the future," Cr Jenkins said.

Hancock Victorian Plantations Latrobe District Manager, Mr Simon Penfold, said that he was pleased to have implemented a number of new environmentally friendly practices after discussions with the Council, including lodging timber harvesting plans with the Council at least one month ahead of harvesting.

"It is not always easy to agree on the detail of how to meet regulatory requirements for plantation management, but we are very happy with the work we have done with Latrobe City Council and have high expectations for the future of our relationship," Mr Penfold said.

"I am confident that the process that we have gone through will pave the way for good relations between HVP and the Latrobe City Council in the future," he said.


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