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The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) is the peak body for the Victorian forest and wood products industry.

The forest and wood products industry in Victoria is a dynamic sector of the economy that uses wood - a renewable, biodegradable, recyclable product - to create materials for new homes, buildings and furniture, paper and fuel for green energy.

VAFI represents the entire lifecycle of forestry and wood products, including forest growers, harvest and haul businesses, wood and paper processors, and associated businesses across both the native forest and plantations sectors.

The industry directly employs more than 21,000 workers and indirectly supports another 40,000 to 50,000 jobs, providing a sustainable future for suburban, rural and regional communities across Victoria.

VAFI strives to protect and promote the forestry industry’s commitment to Victoria’s economy and community, as well as it ongoing sustainability. VAFI works collaboratively with its members, industry stakeholders, the community and governments to achieve this goal.

Our vision is to ensure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future for the Victorian forest and wood products industry.

Forestry and timber manufacturing ǀ 4 February 2014

The Going Bush crew explore the value-chain of the Victorian forest and wood products industry. To view more episodes visit goingbush.tv

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VAFI congratulates Philip Dalidakis MP ǀ 31 July 2015

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) congratulates Philip Dalidakis MP on his appointment as Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade.

VAFI CEO Tim Johnston said Mr Dalidakis has long been a supporter of the forest and wood products industry and wishes him every success in his new role.

Local Manufacturer launches range of Victorian Ash Furniture ǀ 21 July 2015

A local Melbourne manufacturer has launched their new range of hardwood timber furniture, made from locally sourced Victorian Ash.

Pre-School Equipment, a family owned business, is a specialist supplier of furniture and equipment to the early learning sector.

They have developed an aesthetic and versatile range of Australian made and fully assembled furniture and equipment ready for schools across the country.

New national park won't save possum ǀ 29 April 2015

Last week, the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, shifted Victoria’s Leadbeater’s Possum to the ‘critically endangered’ list after detailed recommendations were provided by a panel of biodiversity experts known as the Threatened Species Scientific Committee. 

This announcement prompted a flurry of calls for the immediate declaration of a huge new national park that would supposedly save the possum by closing-down most of Victoria’s valuable native hardwood timber industry. This has raised some interesting questions.

Source: Online Opinion 29 April 2015

Parliamentary support for Victorian forest and wood products industry ǀ 14 April 2015

Victorian members of Parliament have shown their support for the state’s forest and wood products industry at the launch of the Forest and Wood Products Support Group at State Parliament today.

The support group is co-convened by Mr Gary Blackwood MP, Member for Narracan, and the Member for Southern Metropolitan, Mr Philip Dalidakis MP.

Letter to the editor ǀ 17 March 2015

The article by Oliver Milman ‘Barnaby Joyce accused of pushing Leadbeater's possum to extinction’ (13/3/15) contains many claims regarding Leadbeater’s Possum and the harvesting of native forest in Victoria’s Central Highlands that are simply not accurate.

Timber harvesting in Victorian native forests is highly regulated, carefully managed and restricted to operate in just 6% of Victoria’s 7.8 million hectares of native forest.

Forest and wood products industry a key part of Victoria's business ǀ 11 March 2015

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) is urging the Victorian Government to remember the important part the forest and wood products industry plays in the economy, as the Victoria Invitation Program trade mission begins today.

CEO of VAFI, Tim Johnston, said that Victoria is Australia’s largest exporter of forest and wood products, with total exports from the industry approaching $900 million this year.

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