Log supply inquiry visits Island

The committee inspects logs at Gosse West.

Members of the State Parliament’s Select Committee on Matters Relating to the Timber Industry in the Limestone Coast visited Kangaroo Island last week to hear about issues facing KIPT and other growers in accessing markets on the mainland.

Committee chair  Hon. Clare Scriven and members Hon. Russell Wortley and Hon. Frank Pangallo toured with KIPT’s Managing Director Keith Lamb and Executive Director Shauna Black to inspect harvesting at Gosse West, water storage at Macgill’s, independently owned softwood at Westmore Park, the proposed export facility site at Smith Bay and the Kingscote wharf.

Keith Lamb, Hon. Clare Scriven, Shauna Black

The committee also engaged with other KIPT team members and executives visiting from Morgan Sawmill, based in Jamestown.

The committee then took evidence in Kingscote and canvassed a wide range of issues. These included: bushfire impacts and future management of bushfire risks; the development process for Smith Bay; proposed interim transport solutions for timber out of Kingscote and Penneshaw; the cost of freight to the mainland for potential sales to mainland timber mills; demand for timber and opportunities to work with parties such as Master Builders’ Association to supply structural timber to the SA home-building market.

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