Gov'ts Threat to Timber Industry

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Byline: TALKINGTIMBER Clarence Valley Branch Chairman

VICTORIA'S peak representative body for the timber industry, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), has supported the central message of the Timber Communities Australia (TCA) commissioned report, which outlines the impact of State Government decisions on forest industries.

VAFI deputy CEO, Lisa Marty, said successive governments had made a number of decisions to reduce native timber production without considering the possible consequences on forest industries and the jobs they create.

C[pounds sterling]This report outlines the damage government decisions have had on the industry in the past,C[yen] Ms Marty said.

C[pounds sterling]These decisions have directly affected thousands of people due to mill closures and thousands more have been hit by the subsequent job losses as other businesses in regional areas have been forced to close.C[yen]

Forest industries directly employ nearly 25,000 people and indirectly support about 50,000 more jobs. Ms Marty said while the industry was a major employer in regional areas, it also provided a wide range of job opportunities for people in Melbourne's suburbs. …