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Stanley: Operations update

May 14, 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. Thinning activities are ongoing across various locations, including the following over the next few months:

  • A crew has paused at Bruarong for now and will return to continue later in Winter.
  • Another crew will thin an area of the Magpie plantation on Rawes Road for a few weeks between July and September.
  • Other areas to be thinned from mid-August through to Spring include parts of Stanley Plantation bordering Hillsborough Rd, and also on Twists Creek Road.
Clearfall harvest

Harvest of a mature stand near Parky’s dam is underway and will continue through June.

Transport

Our drivers continue to enter and exit the plantations on Red Hill Road (Beechworth), No. 1 Road (Yackandandah), 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.

Fertilising

Details of the North East Autumn aerial fertiliser program (including Stanley) are available here.

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.
We take safety seriously: Members of the public are not allowed to drive, walk or ride past worksite signs.
We take safety seriously: Members of the public are not allowed to drive, walk or ride past worksite signs.
Community recreation

You may have noticed HVP’s new public access signs when visiting plantations over the last couple of months. 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 lifecycle.
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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