Latest Media Releases

  • Industry welcomes Victorian Opposition’s commitment to Australian-made paper

    The peak bodies representing Australian and Victorian forest industries have warmly welcomed the Victorian Liberals and Nationals’ election commitment to use Australian-made paper wherever practical in State Government departments, from mid-2019, CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Mr Ross Hampton and CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), Mr Tim Johnston said today.

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  • Media release – Victorian RFAs extension welcome but longer-term certainty needed

    The peak associations representing Victoria’s sustainably managed timber industry have cautiously welcomed today’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) announcement, but say that much more needs to be done to secure the long-term future for the thousands of Victorian jobs dependent on secure resource supply.

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  • Media release – Batman by-election shows parties should focus on core issues

    Polling commissioned by forest industries ahead of the weekend’s Batman by-election showed core issues such as health and education, rather than another national park, was the deciding factor for the majority of voters.

    Of Labor voters surveyed, most cared far more about the traditional anchor issues of health and education services than the proposal for a national park in Victoria’s Central Highlands – which would destroy the native timber industry and cost thousands of jobs across the state.

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  • Media statement – Federal Court case

    Last November, the group Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum (FLBP) brought action in the Federal Court arguing that as the five yearly review of the RFA covering the Central Highlands was overdue, this invalidated the RFA and its exemption under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act [EPBC Act].

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  • Letter to the Editor – The Weekly Times

    The article ‘Forest plan fires debate (11/10/17)’ confirms what the forest, fibre and wood products industry has known all along – that the plan for the proposed GFNP has one goal: to shut down the native timber industry.

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