The South East’s forest and wood products industry stands to benefit from the support of the Australian Government’s new National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a better Australia.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP, said this plan will help Australia’s renewable timber and wood-fibre industry stay innovative, robust and agile. The $20 million has been allocated to help implement the plan across the country.
“The Federal Government has delivered a plan for our forestry industry based on genuine consultation,” Mr Pasin said.
“A key theme which continually came up during consultation was Australia will need to plant a billion new trees over the next decade to meet demand in 2050, predominantly sawlogs for building and construction.
“The government has listened and delivered, helping put the forest industry in a strong position to continue to grow and prosper.”
Mr Pasin said the plan will underpin growth in the renewable timber and wood-fibre industry, will provide the vision and certainty for Australia’s sustainable forestry industries, and support the industries as long-term growth engines for regional Australia.
“This plan will give our region the opportunities it needs to help better prepare for future challenges and opportunities,” Mr Pasin said.
“Only through investing in the future can the forestry industry continue to build on its achievements to secure the economic and social wellbeing of Australia.”
The National Forestry Industry Plan – Growing a better Australia is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/forestry