Australian pan-forestry plan taking shape
AUSTRALIA IS ON TARGET TO ACHIEVE something that New Zealand desperately needs; a national forest industries plan.
Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced the development of a comprehensive plan to support the growth and sustainability of the Australian timber industry over the coming decades last September and work has been going on behind the scenes to pull it all together.
Ross Hampton, CEO of the Australia Forest Products Association, told our ForestWood 2018 conference in Wellington last month that the plan is on track for its completion on September 12 in Canberra.
The new Government National Forest Industries Plan will outline actions to support the industry to establish new plantations, increase investment and grasp opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy aimed at turbo-charging regional job creation and economic development.
So while we do have Shane Jones’ ‘billion tree’ planting programme and support for regional development, we have yet to emulate the Australians in the formation of a comprehensive industry action plan that includes government actions as part of the strategy.