Facts and Figures
Royalties for Native Hardwood
Forestry Corporation losses on native forest logging
Exports of woodchips from Eden
ANWE/ SEFE Corporate
After tax profits for South East Fibre Exports/ ANWE
Log truck numbers
Chronology of south east woodchipping
High quality sawlogs
24.12 - 154.60
52.67 – 106.60
15.47 - 125.49
Low quality sawlogs
Source: NSW Parliament Question on Notice 0073
NSW Forestry Corporation Hardwood Division
Native forest logging is undertaken by the Hardwood Division. For many years it has been marginal or lost money for NSW taxpayers.
pre 2010 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 click ($13m) ($16m) ($15m) ($12) ($0.6m) ($0.7m) $2.66m* $2.5m*
2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 $1.1m** $0.4M** ($20M) ($9M) ($15M)
*Operating profit less notional tax @ 30%
** "normalised" earnings
In its heyday following the Eden Regional Forest Agreement, SEFE typically exported over 1 million green tonnes of woodchips from Eden. Most went to the (then) parent company in Japan. Since 2018, China has been the biggest importer of Eden woodchips.
Annual export figures since 1997
From Victoria, a long term contract with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to supply 200,000 tonnes a year ended in 2014. Pulp log supply from Victoria has resumed, but is again uncertain following the commitment of the Victorian Government to phase out native forest logging.
Since ANWE acquired SEFE in December 2015, only partial Annual Financial Statements to ASIC have been lodged.
Total exports from Eden since the establishment of the chipmill are more than 42 million green tonnes.
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After tax profits for South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd
For annual profit and loss figures click
On a typical day - during the 2000s, 160 trucks enter the chipmilll with loads of either woodchips or logs. Now, it is a lot fewer. For truck count details click
This is based on a regular truck monitoring surveys undertaken by Chipstop. This equates to an en estimated 14.5 million truck kilometres every year.
Political donations: The logging industry seldom makes donations to any political party; indeed, taxpayers are digging deep to subsidise it. However, the Australian Forest Products Association (FPA) has made small donations from time to time.
Significantly, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Engineering Union (CFMEU), the loggers' union is among the biggest donors to the Labor Party.
Area logged. In 2008, a total of more than 14,500 hectares was logged in the south coast and Eden regions combined (source: ForestsNSW). Every logtruck represents half a hectare of forest logged (on the basis of figures in the Eden EIS (Vol C, Appendix 4-9), 59 826 ha =2726 984 tonnes. On the same basis, each fully laden woodchip carrier, such as the Daishowa Maru, for example represents 1176.5 hectares of logged forest.
Since that time, the area logged to produce the same amount of woodchips has almost doubled, according to an analysis of Forestry Corporation Harvest Plans.
Threatened species. For details visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service website at:
South East Forest Rescue http://sefr.org.au/index.html
Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) http://www.geco.org.au
Environment East Gippsland http://www.eastgippsland.net.au/
Japan Tropical Forest Action Network (JATAN): http://www.jca.apc.org/jatan/woodchip-j/newinfo.html