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Forest NSW Annual Report 2012

Letter to the Minister The Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson, MP Minister for Primary Industries Minister for Small Business Level 30 Governor Macquarie Tower 1 Farrer Place SYDNEY NSW 2000 Dear Minister I am pleased to submit for presentation to Parliament the Annual Report of Forests NSW for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. The report complies with the requirements of the Annual Reports (Statutory Bodies) Act 1984, and the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983. Copies have been made available for tabling in Parliament. Yours sincerely Nick Roberts Chief Executive Officer Forests NSW Coffs Harbour Jetty – standing the test of time For more than 100 years, Coffs Harbour Jetty, completion of the jetty, allowing goods such constructed entirely of timber, has stood the test as timber and agricultural produce from the of time. surrounding hinterland to be exported to Sydney and other markets. Built in 1892, it is the largest coastal timber jetty in New South Wales (NSW) and is the only remaining The major extensions to the jetty were the result large ocean jetty of timber construction in NSW of an increased demand for timber before World which dates from the 19th century. War I and following World War II. During the 1870s and 1880s, Europeans settled In 1974, the last commercial shipment of timber Coffs Harbour ‘MV Kopua’ loading timber for New Zealand the Coffs Harbour area to log cedar and they soon left the jetty aboard the ‘Abel Tasman’. at Coffs Harbour Jetty. Photo © Forests NSW Fred Bailey Collection. Today the jetty is a focal point for locals andbegan to campaign for a Government jetty to transfer goods to and from anchored boats. tourists to the area. The jetty was constructed by the Harbours and This heritage listed jetty won a National Trust Rivers Section of the NSW Department of Public Heritage Award for the jetty conservation work Works, with Mr Thomas L Lawson the builder. completed in 1997. These works used the same methods employed by its builders 100 years ago: Timbers such as ironbark, grey gum, white driven timber piles. Salvaged timbers and new mahogany, tallowwood, grey box and turpentine, hardwoods were used for the conservation work. most of them obtained from forests of the local area, were used in its construction. Forests NSW customers including Koppers Wood Products and Coffs Harbour Hardwoods have The new jetty stretched 500 metres into the supplied timber for jetty maintenance work. harbour, and by the 20th century hundreds Coffs Harbour Jetty as it stands today. Photo by of vessels made use of its facilities. The timber Howard Spencer. industry and regional economy thrived with the Cover image: Raw photos: Howard Spencer (main) and Forests NSW Image Library 2 Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance


Forest NSW Annual Report 2012
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