Stanley Plantation Operations Rolling Update
July 1, 2017
HVP Plantations would like to update the Stanley and Beechworth communities about the continued timber harvesting and log haulage program in the Stanley plantation.
The outlook for the rest of 2017 is:
- A thinning harvesting operation will continue to occur in the Stanley plantation throughout this period.
- The thinning crew will work along Twist Creek road then move down to the Yackandandah side of the plantation before returning to the Wooden Gate road area about November.
- A clear-fall operation will occur along Red Hill road for approximately six to eight weeks in Spring.
- Log trucks will continue to use Red Hill road (Beechworth), No. 1 road (Yackandandah) and Masons road (Stanley) for entry and exit of the pine plantation.
- Road users will see intermittent log truck traffic on the above roads. There may also be occasional log truck traffic seen on the Mt Stanley road.
- Traffic lights may also be used at the harvesting operation worksites on Twist Creek road, Red Hill road and No. 1 road. These are in place for your safety and the safety of the harvesting operators.
Felling 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.
To keep everyone safe on ground signage is in place to highlight the specific areas of the operation in the plantation. If you see these signs DO NOT continue past the signs, you must seek an alternate route.
The harvested logs will be transported to mills in Wangaratta, Myrtleford, Albury and Benalla, for processing into a range of products including newspaper and plywood.
Due care should be exercised around the boundaries of the plantation, at road intersections and at points of truck access from the plantation on to local roads. If you would like to communicate with the log truck drivers they will be available on UHF channel 40 on the sealed roads and UHF channel 25 on plantation roads.
All of our operations are subject to fire and weather constraints and customer demand and may be altered without notice.
In an effort to help us to improve our communication of operations, HVP Plantations encourage you to contact us through our website www.hvp.com.au with any feedback.
We will provide a harvesting and haulage operations outlook for 2018, later on in the year, to keep you informed. For further specific information regarding these operations please contact HVP Plantations on 03 5731 2000.