Legislative Council: Thursday, July 07, 2022


Answers to Questions

Tasmanian Blue Gums, Kangaroo Island

In reply to the Hon. R.A. SIMMS (17 May 2022).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I thank the honourable member for his question and provide the following response:

I assume that your question relates to germination of Tasmanian blue gum wildlings on Kangaroo Island.

Since the 2019-20 bushfires, the state and commonwealth governments have committed just over $1.5 million to this issue. By 30 June 2022, it is anticipated that initial control work will have been undertaken on more than 1,000 hectares.

Control of Tasmanian blue gum wildlings remains a priority for this government, with this work to continue into 2022-23.

Since early 2022, landholders are required to control Tasmanian blue gums wildlings growing on their land.

I’m advised that the Department for Environment and Water are working with Kangaroo Island Landscape Board to ensure landholders, including Kiland, are aware of their responsibilities under the Landscape Act 2019.