NSW Regional Forest Agreements signed off

Friday 7 Dec 2018

The Australian and NSW governments have released a modernised approach to forest management through the renewal of three NSW Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs).

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud, Assistant Minister for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck and NSW Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said the improvements and the 20-year extension to the RFAs provide long-term confidence and sustainability for the future of NSW’s AU$2.4 billion wood product manufacturing industry.

“We’re pleased to deliver our commitment on these RFAs,” Minister Littleproud said. “We understand certainty matters to business and that’s what we delivered.” Assistant Minister Colbeck said the forest industry was the backbone of many regional communities and was set to provide even more opportunities under the extended RFAs.

New South Wales Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said as a result of the NSW RFAs, the native forest timber industry operates with some of the highest levels of sustainability in the world. “The renewed Agreements pave the way for the continued sustainable management of the state’s forests, while providing critical protection of the environment and threatened species,” Minister Toole said.

“The renewed RFAs bring together extensive community and stakeholder input, as well as key recommendations from a detailed independent review of our past performance. We are committed to maintaining our support for the long-term NSW RFAs, and the ongoing certainty of a truly renewable industry.”

The Agreements will be underpinned by the NSW Government’s AU$7.2 million forest monitoring program that focuses on adaptive management and fine-tuning in NSW’s management of the forest estate.

Source: Government of Australia

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