Fi­nally, some tan­gi­ble lead­er­ship

Mansfield Courier - - Courier Opinions/People -

I WISH to con­grat­u­late the An­drews Govern­ment and in par­tic­u­lar En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Lily D’Am­bro­sio for the com­pre­hen­sive state-wide plan to end na­tive for­est log­ging in Vic­to­ria by 2030.

I am so thrilled that the Strath­bo­gie State For­est is pro­tected and can con­tinue to sup­port our unique and threat­ened flora and fauna that calls this patch of bush home.

With the state of the cli­mate cri­sis, and such lit­tle lead­er­ship shown in cli­mate ac­tion by state and fed­eral par­lia­ment, it is with great hope and re­lief that I wel­come this ma­jor change of di­rec­tion in how this state re­source will be man­aged.

While there will be jobs lost in the na­tive tim­ber in­dus­try, the Premier’s $120 mil­lion fund to help the in­dus­try tran­si­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to have the in­dus­try suc­cess­fully ad­just to a wholly plan­ta­tion based pro­duc­tion.

Con­sid­er­ing 19 out of 20 jobs in the Vic­to­rian forestry sec­tor are al­ready based on plantation­s (Deloitte, 2017; VAFI, 2017), I am con­fi­dent the Vic­to­rian tim­ber

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