The Maryvale Mills are a cluster of three pulpmills, five paper machines, waste paper recycling plants and other facilities near Morwell in Victoria. Nearby are the ash forests of the Central Highlands, some of the most spectacular tall forests in the world, home to threatened species like Leadbeater’s Possum and the Greater Glider and subject of widely supported campaign for their permanent protection in a Great Forests National Park.
For 82 years and counting, the Maryvale Mills have had a guaranteed supply of pulp logs from the ash forests. If the legislated wood pulp agreement runs until 2030 as planned, successive owners of the mills will have had nearly a century of exclusive rights over vast swathes of much loved public native forests.
Now the logs are running out, the forests are at risk of ecological collapse. It’s crunch time.
Read Chris Taylor’s report Nippon Paper Industries and the Wood Pulp Agreement