Kangaroo Island Wharf Facility

Tuesday September 07, 2021

Mr BELL (Mount Gambier) (15:14): My question is to the minister for forestry. Minister, you have just indicated that New South Wales and Victoria had an allocation for support. However, on 30 June 2020, the federal government announced $10 million for the Salvage Log Storage Fund to establish storage facilities for fire-affected salvage logs in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. My question is: how much of the $10 million allocated to South Australia for salvage log storage has been used to assist timber plantations on Kangaroo Island?


The Hon. D.K.B. BASHAM (Finniss—Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development) (15:15): As I stated before, the question that we have been having with the commonwealth is in relation to the transport getting the timber off the island. The opportunities for storage of timber on the island are extremely limited. KIPT is storing some of that timber currently in one of their dams, but it has very limited storage. It certainly can't store significant amounts at all. So we are working with the federal government to get some transport assistance to get that timber off the island.