Aus­tralian For­est Prod­ucts join the NFF

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

THE NA­TIONAL Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) has wel­comed the Aus­tralian For­est Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion (AFPA) as its new­est com­mod­ity mem­ber. NFF CEO Si­mon Tal­bot said AFPA’s ad­di­tion fur­ther en­hances the NFF’s strength as the united voice for the na­tion’s pri­mary pro­duc­tion sec­tor.

“The NFF ex­ists to pro­vide a sin­gle, strong voice for pri­mary pro­duc­tion in na­tional pol­i­cy­de­vel­op­ment, and to rep­re­sent those busi­nesses on the na­tional stage. To­day we are pleased to broaden our mem­ber­ship base to take in forestry – an im­por­tant part of the pri­mary pro­duc­tion pic­ture,” Tal­bot said.

“Aus­tralian forestry has a very pos­i­tive story to tell, and we look for­ward to work­ing with AFPA on is­sues of shared im­por­tance, in­clud­ing man­age­ment of the pre­cious re­sources on which we both rely and in­creas­ing mar­ket ac­cess for our high-qual­ity prod­ucts.

“AFPA joins 29 NFF mem­bers at the de­ci­sion­mak­ing ta­ble, bring­ing their in­ter­ests for­ward for debate at the high­est level and sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of ef­fec­tive pol­icy for our pri­mary in­dus­tries. We are ex­cited to wel­come AFPA into the NFF Fam­ily,” Tal­bot said.

AFPA is the na­tional peak in­dus­try body rep­re­sent­ing the tim­ber grow­ing, sawmilling, other wood pro­cess­ing, and pulp and pa­per in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing both plan­ta­tions and nat­u­rally re­grow­ing forests.

“AFPA works to en­sure that we have the right pol­icy set­tings and a durable strat­egy to en­able this sus­tain­able, en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly in­dus­try to grow to its max­i­mum po­ten­tial,” AFPA CEO Ross Hamp­ton said.

“The in­dus­try cur­rently con­trib­utes about $20 bil­lion to the econ­omy and pro­vides em­ploy­ment for more than 120,000 Aus­tralians (when we in­clude down­stream users of tim­ber such as truss and frame man­u­fac­tur­ers). These jobs are of­ten out­side our cap­i­tal cities, mak­ing the for­est, wood and pa­per prod­ucts in­dus­try one of the back­bones of ru­ral and re­gional Aus­tralia.

“Aus­tralia’s pri­mary pro­duc­tion in­dus­tries share many mu­tual goals: in­clud­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity that comes with be­ing stew­ards of the Aus­tralian land­scape. We look for­ward to sup­port­ing the rest of the NFF in our shared de­ter­mi­na­tion to en­sure that the broader Aus­tralian com­mu­nity shares pride in the way our pri­mary in­dus­tries care for our pre­cious nat­u­ral re­sources,” said Hamp­ton.

■ Ross Hamp­ton (AFPA CEO) and NFF CEO Si­mon Tal­bot.

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