Forestry ministers from the Commonwealth, the states and territories will meet in Melbourne for the sixth Forestry Ministers Meeting to discuss ways to continue to support Australia’s forestry industries.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the ministers will discuss priority issues and shared challenges for the forest and wood products industries.
“The Government will focus on the implementation of the National Forest Industries Plan, the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, farm forestry, private native forestry and Indigenous forestry support,” Minister Colbeck said.
“It’s pleasing that the state and territories are eager to work with us on a number of the priorities in the Government’s National Forest Industries Plan.
“The Plan will underpin growth in Australia’s renewable timber and wood fibre industry, support innovation and create jobs in regional Australia.
“Funding of $20 million has been allocated to implement elements of the plan under the four areas of ‘Creating regional forestry hubs’, ‘Reducing barriers to forestry expansion’, ‘Using our forest resources smarter’ and ‘Growing community understanding of forestry’.
“We want to give our sustainable forest industry the confidence to invest and the strategic vision to grow.
“There are tens of thousands of direct jobs in the forest industry and we all need to be doing what we can to back the industry to ensure the future of these communities and jobs.
“I look forward to a constructive meeting to build momentum for our strategic vision for the future of Australia’s forest industry.
“With the right plans in place the forestry industry has the potential to increase its contribution to the Australia economy while producing sustainable, environmentally friendly products for all Australians.”
Source: Australian Government