Written Answers. - Afforestation Statistics.

262.

asked the Minister for Fisheries and Forestry the area (a) acquired, (b) afforested and (c) reafforested by his Department each year in the period 1972 to 1983.

The following is the information requested:

Year

Total area acquired*

Area afforested

Area reforested

(ha)

(ha)

(ha)

1/4/72-31/3/73

14,630

9,522

498

1/4/73-31/3/74

9,848

9,451

464

1/4/74-31/12/74

6,412

9,150

568

(9 months)

1975

8,359

8,961

503

1976

10,694

8,360

523

1977

11,617

8,178

716

1978

7,219

8,074

819

1979

3,368

7,588

626

1980

4,282

5,922

691

1981

7,216

6,099

895

1982

9,278

6,016

945

1983

5,900

5,800

1,200

(estimated)

*Not all plantable.