Aus­tralian pan-forestry plan tak­ing shape

New Zealand Logger - - Forestwood 2018 -

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.

NZL

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