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78NSW Agrees to implement the Long-term Timber Supply Strategy and Sustainable Yield Systems and Processes as outlined in Attachment 12 of this Agreement.

79Under the Sustainable Wood Supply Strategy, NSW agrees to supply 129,000m3 per annum for 20 years in the Upper North East Region and 140,000 m3 per annum in the Lower North East Region of High Quality Large Sawlogs and Large Veneer Logs. Annually, approximately 20,000 m3of High Quality Large Sawlogs and Large Veneer Logs allocated in the Upper North East Region will be sourced from the Lower North East Region over the period of the Agreement.

80Harvesting of 109,000m3 per annum from the Upper North East Region and 160,000 m3 per annum from the Lower North East Region of High Quality Large Sawlogs and Large Veneer Logs will occur to supply Wood Supply Agreement holders. Contracted commitments and other arrangements associated with Wood Supply Agreements allow for the carrying forward of volumes under-cut or over-cut in any one year.

81The volumes in clause 79 are subject to a FRAMES and wood supply review to be completed by 1 December 2006. The review will be an input to the determination of the annual volume of High Quality Large Sawlogs and Large Veneer Logs to be made available to industry for the balance of the term of this Agreement. Reviews will be conducted using enhanced FRAMES developed through Part E of Attachment 12 and be based on the Sustainable Wood Supply Strategy, the area available for harvesting in the Upper North East Region Forest Agreement (1999) and Lower North East Region Forest Agreement (1999) as defined through net harvestable area exclusions and the Integrated Forest Operations Approval (1999). The reviews will also consider the contribution to the Sustainable Wood Supply Strategy of any additions to the area available for harvesting resulting from the purchase of Private Land and development of new public hardwood Plantations (Part C, Attachment 12).

82Informed by the review in clause 81, NSW will consider additional supplementation of High Quality Large Sawlogs and Large Veneer Logs having regard to the long-term Sustainable Yield after 2018.

83Any changes in the contracted volumes specified in clause 79 resulting from the review process outlined in clause 81 will be incorporated into this Agreement through Clause 8 and will be advised to holders of Wood Supply Agreements prior to 1 December 2006. These volumes will then be available to industry until the end of 2018.

84In addition to the timber in clause 79, NSW agrees to supply 2,846 m3 to mills in the Upper North East Region and 5,911m3 to mills in the Lower North East Region of High Quality Large Sawlogs under transitional arrangements in 2000.

85High Quality Small Sawlogs will be supplied at levels greater than 1999 contracted volumes. In addition NSW will use their best endeavours to provide a greater proportion of the High Quality Small Sawlogs resource through Wood Supply Agreements to enhance security for processors.

86Arrangements for pulp grade timber include an amount of approximately 30,000 tonnes per annum in the Upper North East Region and approximately 152,000 tonnes per annum in the Lower North East Region, being a quantity which reflects supply levels current at the date of this Agreement. In addition, existing supply arrangements for other Forest Products (including poles, piles, girders, High Quality Small Sawlogs, low quality timber and small veneer logs) from forest operations will be honoured.

87The quantities referred to in clause 86 simply reflect supply arrangements existing at the date of this Agreement. Other quantities of Forest Products will be supplied as a result of the management and harvesting of forests to meet the volumes specified in the Wood Supply Agreements for High Quality Large Sawlogs and Large Veneer Logs (refer to clause 79). This will not result in a net increase in the High Quality Large Sawlog or Large Veneer Log volumes specified in clause 79.

88Wherever possible New South Wales will enhance silvicultural programs and reforestation works to improve the productive capacity of State forests.

89Both Parties are committed to the development and implementation of hardwood timber industry development initiatives through the Forest Industries Structural Adjustment Program.

90Both Parties agree that this Agreement will promote the following objectives:


  1. maximising opportunities for employment in the timber and forest industry and for any workers displaced as a result of the implementation of the CAR Reserve System; and

  2. development of an environmental management system, and MIG criteria and indicator monitoring program to a standard which would allow certification of the system under the ISO14000 series.

91Additional initiatives to promote industry and regional development across the Upper North East Region and the Lower North East Region are outlined in Attachment 11.

INDIGENOUS HERITAGE

92New South Wales agrees to develop guidelines and a package of measures that will be implemented to ensure the appropriate management of Aboriginal heritage including the maintenance of traditional historic uses and values, and to facilitate ongoing Aboriginal involvement in the management of the Upper North East and Lower North East regions. The principles to be applied in the Upper North East are those in the Protective Mechanisms for Cultural Heritage – Generic Version and for the Lower North East region those in the Protective Mechanisms for Cultural Heritage – Lower North East in addition to the principles at Attachment 4 and Attachment 10.

93This Agreement is not intended to influence either current or future Native Title claims in any way. The Parties acknowledge that if any implementation of this Agreement affects any native title rights and interests such implementation must be in accordance with the Native Title Act 1993 (C’wth).

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