Aus­tralia matches NZ with 1 bil­lion trees plan

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

AUS­TRALIA IS FOL­LOW­ING NEW ZEALAND IN TAR­GET­ING ONE bil­lion new trees as part of its strat­egy to boost the forestry in­dus­try.

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion is clear from its ti­tle ‘Na­tional For­est In­dus­tries Plan, Grow­ing a Bet­ter Aus­tralia – A Bil­lion Trees for Jobs and Growth’.

Just like New Zealand, the Aus­tralian plan com­mits to sup­port­ing in­dus­try with its goal of plant­ing one bil­lion new plan­ta­tion trees over the next decade.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources, David Lit­tleproud, says: “A key theme which came up dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion was Aus­tralia will need to plant a bil­lion new trees over the next decade to meet de­mand in 2050, par­tic­u­larly saw logs for build­ing and con­struc­tion.”

His As­sis­tant Min­is­ter, Se­na­tor Richard Col­beck, goes on to say the de­liv­ery of the plan will un­der­pin growth in the re­new­able tim­ber and wood-fi­bre in­dus­try, pro­vide the vi­sion and cer­tainty for Aus­tralia’s sus­tain­able forestry in­dus­tries and sup­port the sus­tain­able forestry in­dus­tries as long-term growth en­gines for the re­gions.

He adds that the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment will spend $20 mil­lion over four years to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the plan and also ne­go­ti­ate and im­ple­ment im­proved 20-year rolling Re­gional For­est Agree­ments with rel­e­vant state gov­ern­ments.

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