Lack of timber post supply fuels concerns

TIMBER CONCERNS: Coonawarra vigneron Pete Balnaves questions what is driving the shortfall in pine radiata posts, which are vital for the upkeep and expansion of vineyards. Picture: KATIE JACKSON

A SHORTAGE of timber posts for the region’s viticultural sector is fuelling fresh concerns over the high number of export pulp logs flowing to the Port of Portland.

With the regional timber industry enjoying a sustained upswing in demand, regional vignerons are struggling to find posts to maintain and expand their vineyards.

Claims have emerged a large amount of timber suitable for the production of posts is being exported through Port of Portland, which is now among the world’s largest wood export facilities.

Figures suggest 1.5 million tonnes of wood was exported from

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