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Updated December 09, 2020 12:19:49A battle over the process for Australian old timber is taking a toll on companies which are already struggling financially.
Key points:Trees are being felled by a new technology which allows them to be “cured” and re-used for loggingThe process is known as “old-timber process”The company behind the process is seeking approval to re-use the logs to build new homes in the regionThe process has been around for more than 60 years but is proving controversial in the timber industry.
The process involves harvesting old trees that have been cut down and then re-harvesting them.
The trees can be dried and dried again before being processed to produce logs.
The technology is called “curing” and the company behind it is seeking permission to reassemble the trees to be used in the next phase of logging.
The processes is a “major milestone” in the process of logging in the North-West, said Greg O’Neil, the president of the Northern Australia Logging Association (NALA).
“It’s a major milestone for the industry and for the region,” Mr O’Neill said.
“We’re looking forward to working with the industry on a sustainable, sustainable forestry business.”
Mr O’Brien said the industry was already experiencing financial difficulties due to the high costs of re-using old timber.
“There are a number of people out there that have spent a lot of money on this,” he said.
The NALA is one of several forestry industry bodies that have expressed concerns about the process.
In a letter sent to the NT Government, the NALA said the process “has been in use for a long time and has been approved by the Forestry Commission of NT and approved by councils in other jurisdictions”.
“The process requires the timber harvesting and processing to be done in a secure location, which can be hard to manage if a large area of land is cleared, so the company must have the equipment and know-how to safely operate,” it said.
But Mr O’sen has concerns.
“They can’t operate safely,” he told the ABC.
“It could be unsafe, and I don’t think it’s safe, for the workers who will be harvesting these trees.”
Mr Tait, from the Northern Timber Industry Association (NTIA), said the logging industry was not prepared for the process to be brought forward and had not been consulted about the proposal.
“This is an extremely significant project for our industry,” he explained.
“And there is no way that we are going to accept this.”
Mr Teitel said the NTIA was waiting for the Forestry Minister to approve the project.
“The NT Government has not said what they are going through and will not say,” he added.