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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 317 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 April 2019 by Hon Diane Evers

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 April 2019

FORESTRY — LEWANA PLANTATION — FIRE

317. Hon DIANE EVERS to the minister representing the Minister for Forestry:

I refer to the recent fire in the Lewana plantation near Nannup which affected 3 336 hectares, including 1 700 hectares of Forest Products Commission pine.

(1) What caused the fire?

(2) Who will bear the costs of —

(a) fighting the fire; and

(b) the state's lost timber supply?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Forestry has provided the following information.

(1) The cause of the Lewana plantation fire is currently under investigation by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services' fire investigation unit.

(2) (a) Subject to the release and the findings in the fire investigation report, the Forest Products Commission will cover the costs of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' firefighting effort, estimated at 80 per cent of the government firefighting effort. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will cover the balance. Private timber industry support was also utilised and will cover their own costs.

(b) The Forest Products Commission will cover the cost of salvage and replanting of the fire-affected areas. There will be cost recovery for a portion of the fire-affected material where the market exists. Fire salvage efforts will be concentrated on recovering high-value timber products in the first instance. The loss of timber assets will be borne by the Forest Products Commission.