Quote from Ian Barnes, former Regional Manager Forests NSW South Coast Region ABC SE Regional radio 21 October 2010:
do you foresee the day when there will be an end to the conflict over logging native forests?
IB: Yes, I do. There will be an end to it when most Australians understand the system sufficiently and the energy crisis gets to the point where we have to rely on solar driven energy industries and forestry is one of them. Just the fact that we've got trees out there that collect energy and convert it to stored energy that we can use is a huge piece of capital that Australians have yet to seriously think about..... it'll take a few years yet.



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Photo of "waste wood" suitable for burning as "biofuel" published in a National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) leaflet

◄Notes for submission writers to the Minister for Planning  word, pdf
◄26 March 2010
The National Interest. ABC RN The burning issue of bio-energy hits Eden Peter Mitchell CEO SEFE and Harriett Swift
Final Environmental Assessment by URS Australia March 2010
Letter from ACCC in reponse to complaint by John Kaye MP
SEFE media statement on ACCC response 1 Oct 09
John Kaye MLC. Media statement 1 Oct 09Greens NSW MPEden woodchip mill backs down on Green Power claims

 Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning inquiry: "Sustainability of energy supply and resources in NSW."  SERCA submission

The Eden chipmill wants to build a power station burning native forest wood to generate electricity. General Manager, Peter Mitchell outlined details at a Public Forum at the Bega Valley Shire Council on 26 August 2008 of plans to generate electricity from chipmill mill “waste”.
SEFE aims to supply electricity to power the chipmill and feed the excess into the grid.

Without a million tonnes of woodchipping a year there would be no "waste."

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Conditions sought by Bega Valley Shire Council
URS Australia engaged to prepare EIS
SEFE leaflet, p.1, p.2
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Department of Planning approval process and documents
The Process:  South East Fibre Exports has been issued with Director-General Requirements (DGRs) under section 75F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act).  These are available on the Department's website and are valid for 2 years from the date of issue, 29 March 2009.
Details of the processes for application and public submissions are provided under section 75H of the EP&A Act. 

  •  the proponent must submit a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) which will be reviewed for adequacy.  After the EA has been accepted, it is then to be made publicly available (advertised in the local paper and on Department's website) for a period of at least 30 days during which any person (including a public authority) may make a written submission to the Director-General concerning the proposal.
  • "Key Dates and Other Information" is a sub-heading on the Department's websitehttp://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=2914  It contains details such as address, project application number, local government area etc.  At this stage, it shows the date the DGRs were issued (29.03.09).  It will be further updated if/when the proponent submits an EA.
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