Dover Woodchip Port Timeline of Events

In November 2017, Southwood Fibre announced plans to export up to 800,000 tonnes of woodchip through a new export facility to be built in Dover Bay. Far South Future had a number of concerns about this development:

  • Threaten local jobs in aquaculture and tourism
  • Divide and disenfranchise the local community
  • Destroy Dover’s natural beauty and tranquility
  • Create new marine biosecurity risks
  • Pollute our precious waterways
  • Threaten important habitat for endangered species
  • Clog our roads with heavy traffic, completely transforming towns and communities in Southern Tasmania
  • Pollute the air with millions of litres of burned diesel fuel and highly-toxic carcinogenic emissions
  • Lock the timber industry into a woodchip-focused future instead of value adding, like the proposed veneer mill at Burnie.

Far South Future mounted a grass-roots campaign to fight this development. The following is a timeline of events detailing the process and the role of Far South Future in opposing the export facility.

15th November 2017

The project’s proponent, James Neville-Smith, CEO of Southwood Fibre, publicly announces proposal www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-15/proposal-to-export-woodchip-from-southern-tasmania/9152282

6th December 2017

First community meeting (attended by around 300 local residents) – organised by Far South Future www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvqFXrFQMbo

4th January – 20th February 2018

Far South Future runs a survey to obtain community feedback on the woodchip proposal

17th January 2018

Far South Future launches online petition opposing the Woodchip Port for Dover (with 2817 signatures to date)

17th February 2018

No Woodchip Port for Dover rally – Parliament House Lawns (see facebook page photos)

1st May 2018

Inaugural meeting of Save our South Inc. (Far South Future).

24th May 2018

26th June 2018

2nd Public meeting in Dover convened by Far South Future (as part of series of meetings organised in conjunction with the Greater Huon Group, Wilderness Society of Tasmania and Bob Brown Foundation – Bruny Island, Cygnet, Huonville and Hobart)

24th July 2018