July 7 2015: Paper Mill Spills Waste Into Latrobe River
Australian Paper's Maryvale Mill has spilt 30,000 litres of waste into the Latrobe River in south-east Victoria...She said the company had a similar spill two years ago. "This is basically liquid from the trade waste system at its Maryvale Mill, it's commonly referred to as black liquor and it's a by-product of the paper making process,"
Aug 2 2015: Photos taken from the Swing Bridge - Muddy water from Latrobe cleaner, darker water from Thomson
April 15 2015: Australian Paper Opens Maryvale Recycled Mill
August 9 2014: Victoria Leads Logging of Native Forests
Feb 13 2014: Maryvale Mill's Lucky Escape
Feb 14: Red dots in image above are fires. Note plantations in close proximty to Maryvale Mill - 12 fires alone!
Australian Paper management are counting themselves lucky as they begin to assess the cost of fire damage to the Maryvale Mill site. AP human resources general manager, Mark Nelson said while the cost of losses would be in the hundreds of thousands, the situation could have been much worse. About 2.30am Monday, embers from a fire along Tanjil East Road - now under control - caused a blaze in the mill's log pile, spreading into other infrastructure and damaging one conveyor and electrical cabling. The fire shut down operations until Tuesday, with 100 firefighters working on-site. Mr Nelson said management had grave fears for the entire asset. "If the fire had have gone into the chipping line, that would bring the business down," he said. The Maryvale Mill is the Latrobe Valley's largest employer, with about 850 workers. Mr Nelson said a large proportion of the wood pile had been lost and had the potential to affect future operations. "It's not as bad as we thought and we recognise we're lucky," he said. "We'll be working with Hancock Victorian Plantations and VicForests to try to minimise the impact." Mr Nelson said there was "no higher regard" the company could have for the CFA, its own employees, its chip line contractor Pedersens and the HVP response group. "Their efforts have been extraordinary and we'll be showing our support and thanks to those people who worked as a team; they were tremendous." The mill is fully operational and blacked out areas are being monitored.
August 20 2013: Federal Laws Fail To Protect Threatened Species
August 13 2013: New National Park Proposal To Save The Leadbeater's Possum
July 31 2013: Australia's Forest Laws Fail to Help Leadbeater's Possum
June 14 2013: Is It Too Late To Save The Leadbeater's Possum?
March 24 2013: The Story Of Paper (Radio National)
February 11 2013: Zoo Told To Dump Recycled Paper Campaign
October 12 2012: Nippon Paper To Build $90m Recycled Paper Plant In Maryvale
September 12 2012: Making Himself Extinct - Absolute Disgrace - Prompts Leadbeaters Possum Scientist To Quit
March 30 2012: Recycled Pulp Mill In The Pipeline
November 22 2011: PaperlinX In Firing Line (2nd article on page)
September 9 2011: West Vic Timber Too Far For Australian Paper
July - August 2011: Sylvia Creek Blockade
August 11 2011: Fight For Today's Jobs
July 13 2011: Call To Bin The Pledge
July 5 2011: Victoria Paper Giants Not Cutting It
July 5 2011: Yarra Businesses Back Reflex Paper
June 9 2011: Council Pounces On Jobs
June 7 2011: Yarra Glen Business Backs Lilydale's Reflex Stance
June 2 2011: Reflex Pressure Threatens Jobs
May 28 2011: Green Paper Needs Reflex Action
May 25 2011: Councillor Slams Pledge
May 21 2011: Council Gags On Reflex Vow
May 19 2011: Henneberry Transcript
April 23 2011: Hint of Greenwash On The Paper Trail
March 15 2011: Japanese Disaster To Impact Australia and NZ Paper Supply
February 15 2011: Wilderness Society Steps Up Anti Australian Paper Protest
"According to the Wilderness Society, the two parties have been in discussion for the past five years over Australian Paper's forestry practices, but talks have broken down recently."
February 1 2011: Google Accused of Papering Over Ads
January 31 2011: Activists Attack Sustainability Claim
December 7 2010: Workers Must 'Volunteer' For Christmas Or Face Big Fines
August 5 2010: Officeworks Store Targeted As Forest Protection Groups Call for Reflex Paper To Be Taken From Shelves
August 5 2010: Protest outside Officeworks Cnr Smith Street/Alexandra Parade
June 14 2010: Forest Audit Worry
April 13 2010: Burnie PaperlinX Mill To Close
April 1 2010: Gates Close On Wesley Vale Mill (Tasmania)
March 25 2010: Debate Rages (Carbon Neutral Paper)
March 1 2010: Rally Against Old Growth Logging
Maryvale Pulp Mill Action Feb 27 2010: Boycott Reflex
Feb 22 2010: Rally To Stop Native Forest Logging
Dec 10 2009: Crunch Time For Region As Paper Mill Winds Up
Dec 8 2009: Burnie and Wesley Vale Paper Mill Cut 580 Jobs
Dec 7 2009: PaperlinX Exits Manufacturing
Aug 31 2009: PaperlinX Slumps To A Loss On Writedowns
June 17 2009: Australian Paper Officially Opens Upgraded Maryvale Mill
June 16 2009: Australia Home to World Forest Carbon Winner
June 3 2009: Nippon Paper to Upgrade Mill
March 29 2009: Melbourne Age. Conservationists Slam Logging Backflip
March 18 2009: $600 million blow from timber losses
Feb 17 2009: Nippon buys into Logging Controversy
Feb 17 2009: Nippon Paper Buys Maryvale Mill
Feb 13 2009: Hancock (FSC supplier to Maryvale) starts logging site of National Conservation Significance at College Creek
Source (above): Age Newspaper Dec 20 2008 p28
November 2008: Maryvale mill yard chocked full of pulp logs, including those from Strzelecki Rainforest Reserve.
Sep 26 2008: More on PaperlinX mills for sale
Sep 25 2008: Equity Issue Spells Downgrade For PaperlinX
Age article Aug 22, 2008 "PaperlinX pens plan to sell manufacturing arm"
PAPERLINX is seeking investors to buy all or part of its paper manufacturing arm as part of a strategy to boost its performance after a lacklustre result. A further two-month delay that adds an extra 10% to the cost of the Maryvale pulp mill will also defer the expected benefits from the project. PaperlinX announced a profit after tax for the year to June 30 of $72.2 million, 10% below last year's $80.1 million. Sales revenue fell 4.5% to $7.49 billion from $7.84 billion due to lower sales volumes and the high $A. The market trounced the stock, with PaperlinX's shares closing 27.5˘, or 13.1% lower, at $1.825. They have lost 31.4% in value this year. "Clearly these results are not where we would like them to be," said PaperlinX chief executive Tom Park. The rising currency and input costs continued to hit manufacturing despite good work on brand growth, and improvements in operations efficiency and the supply chain, he said. Paper manufacturing had an earnings loss of $1.9 million compared with positive earnings of $10.2 million the previous year. "Merchant profits came under pressure in the second half, particularly in the weak US and UK markets," he said. Mr Park said he wanted investors who could create more value for Australian Paper than PaperlinX could. "Interested parties are currently performing due diligence. No decision has been made at present," he said. Mr Park said the benefits of the $340 million capital expenditure on the pulp mill upgrade would flow with completion of the project. The strategic initiatives would deliver a $125 million benefit from the 2005 base year, up from the $81 million achieved this year. Mr Park said extra steps to repair the balance sheet included a cost-cutting and fuel recovery plan that would save $30 million, and selling the rest of the company's European property. Deutsche Bank analyst Mark Wilson said the profit was of low quality, and any sale of Australian Paper was likely to be below book value of $1.1 billion.
July 31 2008: Noise Chips Away At Patience
June 2008: Wilderness Society and Victorian National Parks Association Used as Corporate Patsies in $5.5 million Strzelecki Rainforest Destruction Deal
Two images of the Strzelecki Ranges Cores and Links Rainforest Reserve. The second image shows what will happen to the Reserve after being logged by Hancock Victorian Plantations largely to supply Maryvale Pulp Mill. 70%+ of the logs coming from the Reserve will end up being pulped for products such as Reflex Copy Paper.
May 31 2008: Strzelecki Rainforest Reserve to be gutted to ply Maryvale Pulp Mill with pulpwood for only two years
Jan 08: Vic Forests End up as Copy Paper
Dec 07: F.S.C. Watch article
Dec 07: Yarra Ranges Shire upset with PaperlinX and logging in Melbourne's drinking water supplies here and here
Dec 07: Logging in Armstrong Catchment - Melbourne's water supply
Aug 07: State's emblem nearly extinct
Reflex Copy Paper gains Forest Stewardship Council Mixed Sources Certification in July 06, but the certification totally ignores the native forest sources that are currently feeding the Maryale Pulp Mill.
April 06: 65% of PaperlinX's fibre needs are currently certified by the supposed reputable Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). These plantations are managed by Grand Ridge Plantations. Major management problems are now giving rise to concerns that Grand Ridge Plantations may lose their FSC certification, meaning that PaperlinX will lose valuable market acceptance for their paper products. Grand Ridge Plantations are continuing to threaten Strzelecki Rainforest Communities and are planning to log futureStrzelecki conservation reserves in July 2006. In July 2007 FSC's reputation was further tarnished by granting Reflex Copy Paper a Mixed Sources Certification. Only problem is that the mixed sources certification does not take into account any of the native forest fibre that is still making its way to Maryvale from the Central Highlands and Melbourne's Water supplies.
Baw Baw Frog Emergency
October 2005: Latest Strzelecki Updates here
September 2005: PaperlinX apologise for tasteless ads. (according to The Age Newspaper 20/9/05 this furore made front page of Instanbul's Hurriyet).
REFLEX RECYCLED MAGAZINE ADVERTISEMENT - CHERNAGOVIA
"The manufacturer of Reflex Recycled paper unreservedly apologises to anyone who may have been offended by its recent advertisement, based on the mythical country of ‘Chernagovia.’ The advertisement was in no way directed at people from any country or particular ethnic background, nor was it intended to bear similarity to any particular group of people.
Most particularly, we did not wish to inadvertently cause offence to the Turkish people for whom we have great respect and with whom Australians share a long and significant history characterised by the events at Gallipoli.
The fact that the models in the advertisement were members of the Turkish community in Melbourne was entirely coincidental and unintentional.
The idea of creating an obscure Beatles tribute band from a mythical country ‘Chernagovia’, was designed to highlight an important issue in a light hearted way. Australia is importing waste paper from overseas, yet it is only by choosing papers which use Australian waste that our landfill is reduced. Reflex Recycled contains Australian waste fibre which reduces Australian landfill.
Recycled paper is not, to our knowledge, imported from Turkey.
Once again, we fully and unequivocally apologise for any offence the advertisement may have caused to the Turkish people and any other people.
Reflex Recycled has successfully withdrawn the advertisement from five Australianpublications in which it was due to appear over the next month."
Maryvale Mill Expansion Summary (FoE Melb)
July 2005; PaperlinX propose to rebuild bleached pulp facility at Maryvale. PaperlinX's logging of native forest to increase by almost 50% (200,000 m3) to meet new demand. 22,800 ha gross hardwood plantations needed to meet new demand for pulp facility. New plantations won't be ready until 2019. see here for application to Federal Government.
50% increase in native forest woodchipping, massive plantation expansion, switch to Elemental Chlorine Free Bleaching.
For full details of the proposal go to;
* PaperlinX will rebuild the bleached pulp manufacturing facilities within existing Maryvale mill.
*Will increase amount of bleached pine and eucalypt pulp at Maryvale to 210,000 tonnes annually.
*Maryvale currently produces 2/3rd's (140,000 t/yr) of its bleached pulp requirements, with the balance made up of imports (70,000 t/yr – worth about $80 million per year).
*Expansion will require 200,000 m3/yr of additional eucalypt pulpwood (depending on the pulpwood age and species) and 200,000 m3/yr of additional pine. Residual wood will come from State Forests, pine from existing plantations. State Forest sources may include Central Highlands, East Gippsland, North East and Gippsland regions.
*For existing bleached pulp production to move to 100% plantation supply, a further 150,000 m3/yr of eucalypt plantation would be required to replace present State Forest residual wood. (An additional plantation expansion of 13,000 ha). This apparently is not included in the current referral.
*Maryvale currently has a licence under the 1996 Amcor Wood Pulp Agreement Act of 450,000 m3/yr from native forests. The Wood Pulp Act ends in 2030 with native forest logging being reduced to 350,000m3/yr in 2030. The current pulp manufacturing expansion will therefore require almost 50% more native forest than the mill currently consumes. Total native forest consumption will therefore increase to 650,000m3/yr.
*The upgrade will eventually source from hardwood plantations, with first harvest occurring at 2019. The hardwood required is a "transitional supply".
*22,800 net ha of hardwood plantations (gross) will need to be established within 150 km radius of Maryvale, established at a rate of 2100 ha/year gross until the total required amount is established by 2019 – However it would appear that native forests won't be entirely eliminated until 2030 when the last of the established plantations is old enough to log.
*22, 800 net ha of new hardwood will consume about 45,000 ML of water per year more than existing pasture. This could have ramifications for the Gippsland Lakes including impacts of chemicals including spray drift. Eg Simazine used at 6kg per hectare x 2100 ha = 12,600kg. (12tonnes per year) – A suite of fertilisers, 5-6 herbicides and insecticides will also be used in the plantations which will most likely be managed by Midway Plantations Pty Ltd. Midway have come under criticism in the Otways and south west Victoria regarding their plantation management.
*The mill will be upgraded to Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF). ECF bleaching avoids use of chlorine gas by substituting chlorine dioxide as the main bleaching agent, often preceded by oxygen delignification. Effluents contain less total organochlorine and are less toxic than those produced by chorine gas.
*Chlorine use is now 10t/day (3650 t/yr). Chlorine emissions will be substantially reduced.
*No discharges into Latrobe River. Waste will be discharged into Gippsland Water trade waste system which is piped to Dutson Downs, treated and then discharged via the 1.2km outfall at Delray Beach.
*Water use will increase from 63 ML/day (22995
ML/yr) to possibly 68ML/day. (24820 ML/yr) Water is currently sourced
from Moondara Reservoir.
World Class Mill Plan - Latrobe Valley Express 19/4/04 p1.
Prime Minister John Howard has announced $500,000 in Federal Government funding for Australian Paper to conduct a feasibility study into a world leading pulp mill at Maryvale.
The mill, if it goes ahead, would have the potential to inject more than $500 million into the local economy and create a large number of new jobs.
Speculation on a project of this magnitude surfaced over 12 months ago but at the time, The Express was unable to get any firm details.
Mr Howard made the announcement this morning after arriving in Sale for his day long Gippsland visit which includes a luncheon in Traralgon to raise money for Latrobe Regional Hospital's new cancer centre and an inspection of Traralgon Secondary College.
Mr Howard congratulated Australian Paper on its long standing commitment to the Latrobe Valley and its forward-looking proposal to expand locally.
Nationals MHR for Gippsland Peter McGauran also welcomed the funding, describing it as "holding out great potential" for the future of the Latrobe Valley's environment and economy.
"The feasilibility study will examine the possibility of establishing a new mill at Australia's paper Maryvale site" Mr McGauran said. "The proposed mill would incorporate world-leading technology to provide energy efficient methods of production and to maximise renewable energy generation. The new mill would meet best-practice standards for environmental emissions and discharges, leading to even higher environmental standards at Maryvale."
Mr McGauran said Australian Paper had a long history in the Latrobe Valley and was a "strong supporter" of the local economy, employing more than 1000 people and providing ongoing community involvement and sponsorship..."
Logging protests: Acheron Valley Jan/Feb 04: Click here
Logging Protests: Thomson River Catchment Jan 04: See Here
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- November '02 -
EPA publish report on Tyers River Catchment
In PDF form (get acrobat reader here)
Central Highlands Updates
The photograph below was taken at a coupe located approx 8km from Starlings Gap (south of Warburton) along Big Creek Road within the Starvation Creek Catchment for Melbourne Water. This coupe also is within the Amcor Concession area. Road 6 runs through this coupe and it can be located on Topographic Map 8022-2-4 titled Ada River. Its bearings are 37 degrees, 47 minutes and 30 seconds south latitude/145 degrees, 51 minutes east Longitude
August 20 1997: Boycott Reflex Copy Paper