Receivers of the failed Tasmanian timber company Gunns have confirmed the sale of the Tamar Valley pulp mill project may be delayed by a few months.
The Bell Bay site and permits were due to go on the market this year, with strong interest expected from within Australia and overseas.
Spokesman Mike Smith says Gunns' receiver KordaMentha will now await the outcome of a State Government audit of plantations that could feed the mill.
The Tasmanian Greens MP Kim Booth says he does not understand why the inquiry is needed.
"It's staggering that KordaMentha are now saying that Gunns don't even know how many trees there are given they'd gone out and sold this project to the world as a turn-key ready operation with enough trees in the ground to run it as a plantation based mill," he said.