There’s a def­i­nite need to plant more trees now

Australian Forests and Timber - - AFCA -

AUSTIM­BER 2016 will show­case not just the forestry and tim­ber in­dus­try but what the fu­ture holds in the way of in­no­va­tive use of tim­ber . That was the mes­sage from Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Ian Reid to the or­gan­i­sa­tions an­nual gen­eral meet­ing and din­ner

“We are a sus­tain­able in­dus­try and we must go out and sell our­selves, plus the fact we are re­gional and em­ploy in coun­try ar­eas,” he said.

AUSTim­ber gen­eral man­ager Lau­rie Martin gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on plans for the event in­clud­ing a num­ber of new ini­tia­tives. “AUSTim­ber will be a game changer for the new tim­ber man­u­fac­tur­ing par­a­digm,” he said.

Sen­a­tor Richard Col­beck ad­dressed the mem­bers and stressed that af­ter the Gov­ern­ment had made changes he saw some com­mon sense re­turn­ing to the forestry in­dus­try af­ter dis­rup­tion by neg­a­tive reg­u­la­tory poli­cies and the GFC af­fect­ing mar­kets.

“There is a need for pos­i­tive mar­ket op­tions for con­trac­tors to move for­ward. The LNP coali­tion is look­ing to turn the in­dus­try around with sound poli­cies. was held re­cently which made a com­mit­ment to the Forests and Fi­bre plan frame­work for the in­dus­try fu­ture but we need to plant more now,” he added.

Sen­a­tor Col­beck said he be­lieved de­mand for tim­ber prod­ucts would grow. One ex­am­ple he high­lighted was Gen­eral Mo­tors look­ing to 30% of a car com­po­nen­try be­ing made up of cel­lu­lose.

“But there is a need to plant now for the next 15-35 years. Peo­ple are bet­ter in­formed but we have to get the mes­sage out that tim­ber is the prod­uct for build­ing,” he said.

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