T-Ports Holds Public Consultation on Kingscote Timber Export Projects on Kangaroo Island | the islander
Logistics firm T-Ports will hold public consultations this week on its proposal to export timber products through the town of Kingscote on Kangaroo Island.
Sessions will be held in the KI boardroom on Wednesday, February 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, February 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Company representatives will also meet with local authorities, including the KI Council, while on the island.
T-Ports chief executive Kieren Carvill said he was interested in receiving community feedback and addressing any concerns.
“The last thing I want as CEO is to get a call that there has been an interaction between a child and a truck and so we will listen carefully to the community,” he said.
Measures to mitigate potential impacts may not work during pickups and returns to school, he said.
The company is in discussions to ship woodchips and logs off the land with private forest owners, as well as with Kiland and its new land manager AAGIM, responsible for converting the plantations to farmland.
The proposal would see 78 to 82 trucks over a 24-hour period over the six to eight days a month the transshipment vessel was working alongside.
That equates to about four trucks per hour, he said.
T-Ports expects the transshipment process to take six to eight years, based on information provided by KI Land and AAG.
Up to 4,000 tonnes of timber products would be stored at the storage site off Ten Trees Road on the outskirts of Kingscote and then transported on dispatch days to the dock area.
Mr Carvill said the T-Ports would use EU-standard trucks that met strict noise and emissions standards.
A designated area at the wharf would be used to unload wood chips and logs.
T-Ports has proposed to build a new 60-65 meter pier next to the much larger existing wooden pier which is currently being restored.
The wood loading area, although prohibited on loading days, would be reopened when not in use.
T-Ports is also reportedly considering opening its new pier to public access, subject to approval by state authorities.