Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Brief Visit, Good News; Timber Industry Gets a Chance at Fair Competition

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Brief Visit, Good News; Timber Industry Gets a Chance at Fair Competition

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Byline: David Bancroft David.Bancroft@apn.com.au

HIS visit to Grafton yesterday was brief, but Federal Forests Minister Joe Ludwig came with a message the timber industry wanted to hear a the government would do everything it could to stop the importation of timber logged illegally.

Senator Ludwig toured Big River Timbers at Junction Hill with the Member for Page Janelle Saffin and some timber industry heavyweights to explain the rami- fications of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act, which was passed into law in at the end of last month.

Sen Ludwig said it was estimated about $60 million worth of timber logged illegally came into Australia each year in direct competition with local timber companies.

The aim, which he admitted would be difficult to achieve, would be to reduce that to zero.

Mill owner and lifelong timber industry advocate Spiro Notaras said the legislation was welcome.

aAnything that can be done to support the industry should be supported,a Mr Notaras said. …

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