Finally, some tangible leadership
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