BELL MINER ASSOCIATED DIEBACK
The Hon. IAN MACDONALD:
Mr IAN COHEN: My question is directed to the Minister for Primary Industries. Given that the bell miner associated dieback has been reported by the Bell Miner Associated Dieback Working Group and the New South Wales Scientific Committee as seriously impacting thousands of hectares of forest in northern New South Wales, how much funding has been invested by the Department of Primary Industries this financial year for research or control of the problem? Does the Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management Plan for State Forests in New South Wales state that the bell miner associated dieback will be managed by thinning operations? If that is the case, is this practice consistent with the practices recommended by the New South Wales Scientific Committee on managing and reducing the bell miner associated dieback?
I thank the honourable member for his fairly detailed question. For quite some time the department has been concerned about dieback and its impact on our forestry. I will take the question on notice and obtain a detailed answer.