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Blue Gum Plantation

Blue Gum Plantation

Blue Gum Seedlings Planted In The Latrobe Valley

The State Government has completed planting of a native timber plantation of blue gum seedlings on crown land in the Latrobe Valley.

VicForests has planted around 250,000 trees at the site near Maryvale and Yallourn North, which will now be given 12-15 years to mature before being harvested and made into paper.

The plantation was announced in April as part of the Labor Government’s record $110 million investment in plantation timber.

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More trees will be planted at additional sites next winter, given favourable seasonal conditions

In April, the Government announced an updated allocation order to provide certainty to timber mills and workers across Victoria, ensuring supply in the short-term while a sustainable long-term industry pathway is developed.

The allocation order, which reduced the overall area available for timber harvesting by 5,000 hectares, has not affected VicForests ability to meet contracts.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing, said that these plantations provide certainty for the industry.

“This plantation, as well as others to be planted next winter, provide security and certainty for the timber industry and timber workers” said Ms Shing.

“The government’s record $110 million investment in timber looks brilliant up close and we’re continuing to work towards a sustainable, long-term solution for the timber industry that balances job protection with conservation.”

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