In August, Mr Schaap received a proposal from Gunns to make a minor variation to the storm water management plan for the Bell Bay pulp mill site.
As a result, Mr Schaap requested Gunns provide him with a submission setting out the reasons why the company believes substantial commencement has occurred.Read more
The Insight Economics report, Building a Pulp Mill at Bell Bay, released to the public by Gunns today, detailed the economic impact of building and operating the mill, compared to a business-as-usual scenario of the mill not going ahead.Read more
The fully plantation timber-based mill now has all approvals necessary for construction and operation.
Gunns Managing Director Greg L'Estrange said the successful approvals were a critical step in finalising finance for the mill to begin construction.Read more
The extension was granted following the provision by Gunns of additional information which seeks to enhance the environmental position of the mill.
These more stringent environmental aspects have been proposed by the company following consultation with community and environmental non-government organisations.Read more
The statement, which was released today by industry and environmental groups, is intended to end the long-running conflict between the industry and environmental groups by implementing an immediate moratorium on logging high conservation value forests.Read more