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Non-commercial thinning program Forests NSW will retain the production nurseries Twenty smart phones were bought and loaded The non-commercial thinning program of at Tumut and Grafton to grow seedlings used with a number of electronic forms and some white cypress in Western Region was funded to establish the State’s public softwood and relevant applications such as the latest fire and by the NSW Government up until June 2010 hardwood plantation estate. weather news that can be used by foresters working in the field.  as a consequence of the NSW Government’s New licensing system Brigalow decision. Since then, Forests NSW has At the conclusion of the pilot program, a cost been paying for the activity from savings it made Forests NSW issues permits and licences for benefit analysis will be completed. If significant from the implementation of the original funding a range of products and activities including efficiencies are found, it is anticipated the program.  Forests NSW concluded the program research, organised events and activities, project will be rolled out across Forests NSW in June 2012 when the funding was finally hunting, filming, firewood collection, some during 2013. exhausted and any cypress thinning programs in forest products, grazing and apiary sites. the future will be on a commercial basis. Forests NSW decided to move from the Customer disputes Changes to mechanical workshops Licensing System (GLS) to manage the forest and one softwood customer. All aspectsForests NSW was in arbitration with one nativeexisting in-house system to the Government The coastal mechanical workshops located in hundreds of permits and licences issued or of the arbitration remain confidential. Grafton, Wauchope, Toronto, Batemans Bay and renewed every year more efficiently. The GLS Eden closed on 30 September 2012. issues around four million licences annually. The disputes have not impacted on ongoing operations. This decision resulted from a number of The new system allowed Forests NSW to considerations including the financial rationalise the number and type of licences Other products and performance of the workshops and improved access to modernised facilities and services by provide significant improvements to the servicesand permits. Once operational, it will vehicle dealers in regional NSW. Forests NSW has information about our customers and the The Penrose State Forest sand deposit is a also moved increasingly to contracted heavy permits and licences they hold from Forests significant, high quality, building sand deposit. plant for operations and maintenance of light NSW. In time, this system will provide web The quantities of sand potentially available from fleet as part of vehicle purchase agreements. based functionality to enable self-service for this resource are expected to be able to fill the The workshops at Bathurst, Batlow and customers. anticipated gap in the supply of building sand Bombala will continue to maintain and repair Testing of the new system began in June 2012. for the Sydney construction market. the predominantly heavy plant used in the The new service is expected to be operational The Penrose Sand Quarry Project was put out to major plantation areas. during 2012–13. tender in February 2012, closing in May 2012. Retail nurseries for lease Electronic forms a view to awarding a 20-year forest productThe tenders are now being evaluated with As a result of reviewing its strategic business A pilot project began in two Forests NSW licence. The successful tenderer will be required assets, Forests NSW undertook a public tender regions that involved the design and to undertake an environmental assessment in process to lease its retail nursery businesses at implementation of electronic forms to replace line with Government legislation prior to any Dubbo, Muswellbrook, Gunnedah, Narrandera, the current paper formats. production activities commencing. Wagga Wagga and West Pennant Hills. These retail nurseries evolved from Revenue sources providing seedlings for soil conservation and environmental plantings and, over time, Revenue generated from timber transitioned into largely retail nurseries. cost of harvest and haulage) 93%sales (includes royalties and the The main objective of the tender program Grants 3% was to encourage these nursery businesses Other services rendered 3% to be retained and grow within the regional communities over the next five years, Rental income and interestreceived 1% providing an opportunity for private sector investment in regional areas. Preference was given to operators who had a good nursery management track record and who intended to continue to employ existing nursery staff, with their knowledge and skills. Recently, transition of the nursery businesses at Gunnedah and Wagga Wagga were completed and the Muswellbrook nursery will continue to operate under the control of a local land management group in a leasing arrangement. Forest NSW is continuing to negotiate with parties that expressed an interest in the other three nurseries on a private treaty basis. Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance 37


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