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Stanley operations update

December 11, 2019

HVP Plantations would like to update the Stanley and Beechworth communities with the latest information about our operations, keeping safe, and recreation.

Operational activity across the HVP estate is ongoing, which continues the lifecycle of plantations. This includes tree planting, first and second thinnings, through to harvest, site preparation and planting new trees. General information about the lifecycle and HVP’s range of operations is available here, and the outlook for the coming months is outlined below.

Thinning

Thinning operations harvest a selection of trees, and encourage strong healthy growth of the remaining crop. Our current and upcoming thinning operations are as follows:

  • The crew that had been working in Bruarong is now over at Magpie on Twist Creek Road.
  • The other thinning crew already in Magpie plantation will continue on Rawes Road through to Christmas. In the new year they will head over to Chimney Gully and work there through January-February 2020.
Clear fall harvest

There are no clear fall operations in the Stanley area in the near future.

Transport

Our drivers continue to enter and exit the plantations on No. 1 Road (Yackandandah and Stanley), Masons Road (Stanley) and Mt Stanley Road. They transport logs from worksites to our customers in Wangaratta, Myrtleford, Albury and Benalla, to be converted into sawn timber and other building and paper products.

Preparing for planting

The area recently harvested near Parky’s dam will be planted with a new crop of trees next Winter. Machines will be on site in the coming months to prepare the ground ready for the planting crew.

Fire management
  • Annual firebreak maintenance works have been undertaken across the district, including slashing over the past few weeks.
  • You may notice HVP fire crews patrolling plantation areas on days of escalated fire danger. On some days over the fire season the plantations are closed to everyone (unless for for fire management) – this includes HVP staff, contractors and members of the public.  Fletchers Dam is not a safe place to spend time when the plantation is closed due to fire danger. On closure days, patrolling crews would request people to leave the plantation area.
Community recreation

HVP recognise that many community members have an affinity with our forests, and enjoy walking, running and bike-riding activities throughout the year. Before entering any plantations, please undertake a visitor induction and apply for a Human Powered Pass.

HVP's signs outlining induction and permit requirements, and the plantation lifecycle.
HVP’s signs outlining induction and permit requirements, and the plantation life cycle.
Safety

HVP takes safety seriously, please note the following:

  • To keep everyone safe, worksite signs highlight the specific areas of the plantation undergoing operations.
  • Worksites are closed (to vehicles and pedestrians) for the duration of their operations. For everyone’s safety, obey all safety signs, and be aware of increased heavy vehicle traffic and machinery.
  • If you see these signs do not continue past them, or be tempted go past signs for a closer look. This includes when the crew isn’t there (early morning and overnight).
  • Worksites are hazardous, and risks to people’s safety are not always obvious.
  • Harvesting and processing trees, and loading trucks are hazardous activities. Large machinery is involved and the ability of operators to hear and see beyond the immediate area of operations is often restricted.
  • The professional drivers transporting our logs are committed to safely sharing the road with other members of the community.
Example of a worksite sign.
We take safety seriously: Members of the public are not allowed to drive, walk or ride past worksite signs.
For more information

All of our operations are subject to fire and weather constraints and customer demand, and may need to alter without notice.

For further information, to provide feedback, or to become a stakeholder, please contact our Myrtleford office: phone (03) 5731 2000; or email HVP via our contact page.

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