Australia matches NZ with 1 billion trees plan
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.