AUSTRALIA’s biggest timber processing company is to warn people to wear rubber boots when they use their home heating and air conditioning.
Key points:Auckland council has ordered a ban on logging and the removal of trees from roads and parksWood processing company LumberWorks has come under fire after it came under fire for the removal and dumping of large trees onto the road in Auckland.
The Auckland City Council has banned logging and removed large trees from its roads and other areas of Auckland after a complaint from a homeowner.
LumberWorks, which is based in the ACT, has come up with a code of conduct for its staff to follow when logging.
It says logging and other forestry activities should not cause significant environmental damage, and that workers should act with respect for the environment.
In a statement, the company said the removal, dumping and other environmental damage to property was not acceptable.
“The actions of our staff, our suppliers and our contractors are in breach of this code of practice,” the statement said.
“These actions have resulted in a significant reduction in the value of the trees and their surrounding vegetation.”
It also said the company was taking steps to reduce the number of trees that were removed.
The council said the code of behaviour was designed to help protect people’s health and safety, but the council said it did not consider the code was enforceable.
The code of the council’s environment and sustainability team (ESET) said the council had agreed with the code, and would be following up on it.
“It is also important to note that we have no plans to impose an environmental assessment (EA) on Lumberworks,” it said.
The ESET said the tree removal and destruction was a breach of the city’s forestry and heritage bylaw, and should be stopped.
The Council of Trade Unions of New Zealand (CTUNZ) said Lumber Works was a “bad apples” organisation and that it was critical the company stop doing this type of work.
“We want to make sure that there are no more people doing this kind of work,” CTUNZ president David Shearer said.
“We think the best thing that can be done is to ban this activity.”
Shearer said the trees would be removed in stages, with a temporary ban in place for about a year.
“There will be a big cleanup, and a whole lot of it will be on private property,” he said.