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Heavy rain and flooding closes plantation forests in North Queensland
22 February 2021

 

HQPlantations has closed its plantations between Townsville and Tully from 22 February, due to recorded and predicted heavy rainfall and flooding.

 

Affected areas include plantation forests in Clemant, Lannercost, Abergowrie, Cardwell and Murray Upper State Forests.
These plantations are closed to all public access until at least Friday 5 March, at which time a re-assessment of risks and road conditions will be undertaken.

 

The status of the closures will be updated on here

 

HQPlantations is appealing to the public to respect these closures so that safe and responsible access to the plantations can be restored as soon as possible.

 

People are advised to refer to the Parks and Forests website www.parks.des.qld.gov.au for restrictions in relation to campgrounds managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service within these locations.

 

State and local government-managed roads through plantations remain open unless otherwise indicated by police or other signage.

 

Plantation forest closures fall under the Forestry Act 1959 and can be enforced by Police, QPWS Rangers and Plantation Officers. Fines for non-compliance currently range from $266 to $1,335.

 

Enquiries can be directed to information@hqplantations.com.au or HQPlantations Ingham office on 4776 2777.

For further information contact:

Stephanie Hunt

Community Engagement Facilitator

community@hqplantations.com.au

 
 

 

 

Australia's Forest Industries
25 September 2020

 

Did you know that there are 358 million hectares of agricultural land in Australia and plantation forestry occupies only 0.5% of this land?

 

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) recently released the Industry Snapshot for 2020 revealing this and other interesting facts. The snapshot reports that the industry contributes $24 billion a year to the Australian economy, providing direct employment for 80,000 people and indirect employment for another 100,000 people, making it a keystone employer in regional towns. Collectively, forest industries plant more than 70 million plantation trees a year and plantations store 258 million tonnes of carbon. When it comes to native forests, only 0.06% of a total 132 million hectares are harvested for timber production annually – which equates to 6 trees our of every 10,000 each year (compared to 3 trees out of every 100 each year for plantation forestry).

AFPA Industry Snapshot

 

 

 

Jimna State Forest Hazardous Trees
25 August 2020

 

Visitors to Jimna State Forest are advised to be aware of the presence of potentially hazardous trees in the area burnt from the November 2019 wildfire. There are many trees within the forest that have died as a result of the fires. As time goes by, the trees and roots begin to decay and become more prone to dropping limbs or falling over, particularly in windy weather. Caution is to be exercised when accessing burnt areas. Visitors are reminded to remain on formed roads and exercise additional caution when driving through burned areas.

 

For more information contact:

HQPlantations Imbil Office

Phone 5484 4200

Email imbil@hqplantations.com.au

 

 

Responsible recreation in Queensland’s plantation forests
22 February 2021

 

Plantation forests in Queensland managed by HQPlantations are becoming increasingly popular destinations for recreation. To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time, visitors are reminded that in addition to being in a working forest, they are in a public place and must behave responsibly and obey the law, including the Forestry Act.

Here are a few of the rules you are required to comply with to enjoy Queensland’s plantation forests responsibly.

 

Road rules apply. By law, your vehicles must be fully registered and roadworthy, you must have a licence to drive or ride it and you must stay on formed roads, drive to the conditions and observe safety signage indicating work sites or road closures ahead. Because children don’t have licences, they cannot ride or drive in plantation forests.

 

Please don’t drive in mud. This damages our roads. Plantation roads are not government managed or funded roads. We will continue to be forced to close areas that become too badly damaged for us to access for fire protection or are too costly to maintain for forest operations, which disadvantages all recreation users.

 

Respect our neighbours. Please keep vehicle noise down near houses and be considerate about when you ride or drive, particularly very early in the morning or late at night. We are closing a small area south of the Glass House Woodford Road to try and reduce excessive noise in this rural residential valley. We would appreciate your compliance.

 

Please don’t litter! If you brought it in, please take it out and dispose of it responsibly. No one likes a tosser.

 

Groups require a permit. Five or more cars or motorbikes traveling together or 15 or more walkers, bike riders or horse riders require an organised event permit. If you don’t want to get a permit, which requires public liability insurance, travel in small groups of fewer than five vehicles (or 15 people). You’ll find more information at here

 

Check the plantation is open. Our plantations are often closed to the public before, during or after extreme weather events such as cyclones, strong winds, heavy rain or very high fire danger. It is your responsibility to check the plantation you plan to visit is open by going to our closures page.

For further information contact:

Stephanie Hunt

Community Engagement Facilitator

community@hqplantations.com.au

 
HQPlantations Pty Ltd

 

​Telephone : ​07 3882 8203

Email : information@hqplantations.com.au

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