A billion new plantation trees announced for Australia

Australia’s renewable timber and wood-fibre industry will be better prepared for future challenges and opportunities with the support of the Australian Government’s National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a better Australia.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck on Wednesday announced the release of the new AU$20 million-dollar plan.

“The goal of this plan is clear: a billion new plantation trees,” Minister Littleproud said. “A key theme which came up during consultation was Australia will need to plant a billion new trees over the next decade to meet demand in 2050, particularly sawlogs for building and construction.

Minister Colbeck said the delivery of the plan will underpin growth in the renewable timber and wood-fibre industry, provide the vision and certainty for Australia’s sustainable forestry industries, and support the sustainable forestry industries as long-term growth engines for regional Australia.

“The goal and the actions contained in the plan will provide industry with the certainty it needs to invest in its own future and be prepared for the many challenges as well as opportunities ahead,” Minister Colbeck said.

“But only through investing in the future can the forestry industry continue to build on its achievements to secure the economic and social wellbeing of Australia. That is why in this year’s Federal Budget, the government announced AU$20 million over four years to 2021–22 to support the implementation of the plan. We will also continue to negotiate and implement improved 20-year rolling Regional Forest Agreements with relevant state governments.

The National Forestry Industry Plan – Growing a better Australia is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/forestry.

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