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Funding for Plantation Establishment Welcomed
The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) welcomes the announcement in the Victorian State Budget of $110 million in funding towards plantation establishment in the Latrobe Valley.Download PDF
New Mill a Boost for South Gippsland
The peak body for the forest, fibre, and wood products industry, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), has welcomed the opening of the new Radial Timber Mill at Yarram, South Gippsland.
Tim Johnston, CEO of VAFI, said the state-of-the-art mill, officially opened today by The Hon Darren Chester MP, Federal Member for Gippsland, is a fantastic investment and achievement for Radial Timber, and shows the forward thinking and innovation that is happening in the forest, fibre and wood products industry in VictoriaDownload PDF
Statement on comments by Deputy Prime Minister
VAFI welcomes measures that support the Heyfield mill and the future of its employees, and remains committed to solutions that deliver long-term security and certainty for the forest, fibre and wood products industry.
The industry take the conservation of threatened species, including the Leadbeater’s Possum very seriously. Industry has been active in supporting the recovery of Leadbeater’s Possum while maintaining a sustainable timber industry, including co-convening the Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group with Zoos Victoria.Download PDF
Statement on Australian Sustainable Hardwoods
I am disappointed that a solution could not be reached between ASH and the government that would secure the mill’s long term timber supply, and therefore, the long-term future of the mill. We will continue to strongly support ASH, their workers, and their future in Heyfield.
Whilst I note the government’s comments about their commitment to the mill remaining operational, this proposal does not change the overarching issue of ever constricting timber supply, due to ongoing transfer of production forest to parks and reserves, and the future of the whole industry in Victoria.Download PDF
Risk of job losses outweighs park push
Sixty three percent of Victorians don’t believe that the proposed Great Forest National Park (GFNP) will generate enough jobs to cover those lost in the forest, fibre, and wood products industry if the park were to be established, according to polling undertaken by JWS Research on behalf of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI).Download PDF
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