Visiting HQPlantations forests – COVID-19 update
1 June 2020
The advancement of Stage 2 of Queensland’s COVID-19 Roadmap from midday Monday 1 June allows responsible recreation in plantations in State Forests for all Queenslanders, however social distancing requirements still apply. Visitors are reminded to comply with all signage and it is imperative that they do not enter worksites at any time, day or night. For more information about responsible recreation, click here
For further updates on plantation closures or restrictions, please visit our closures page
For more information contact:
Phone 0439 936 890
Lannercost plantation closure
16 December 2019
For public safety, all parts of Lannercost State Forest north of Wallaman Falls Road are closed until further notice following the recent fire, which burned approximately 2,000 hectares.
Dangers include falling trees and branches, burnt stump holes and loose burnt soil that can cause rock slides.
Conditions will be monitored and the area will be made safe in the coming months, with a reassessment undertaken in mid-2020.
Access to Wallaman Falls via Wallaman Falls Road is unaffected by this closure.
Local residents and visitors to the area are asked to respect this forest closure and stay out of the area until it can be reopened.
Plantation forest closures fall under the Forestry Act 1959 and can be enforced by police, QPWS rangers and plantation officers. Fines for non-compliance range from 2 to 10 penalty units (currently $266 to $1,335).
For more information contact HQPlantations Ingham office on 4776 2777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible recreation in Queensland’s plantation forests
14 February 2019
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.
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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).
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