Victorians turn out for timber jobs rally

Friday 29 Nov 2019

On Monday approximately 300 native forestry workers and supporters including members and sponsors from AFCA, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) attended a rally held at Parliament House.

Industry heard from AFPA CEO Ross Hampton and VAFI CEO Tim Johnston as well as Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien and Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh. Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien announced at the rally support for Legislative Council Inquiry into the Andrews Government decision to shut down the native forestry industry by 2030.

The Opposition also confirmed their promise to overturn the decision to shut down native forestry industry, if elected in the next state election. Symbolic of their support both O'Brien and Walsh tore up the current transition package proposed by the current Government, a package which is entirely unsatisfactory to our industry (picture below).

In front of the crowd AFCA General Manager, Ms Stacey Gardiner completed a brief interview with AFCA Director and Forestry Contractor, Chris Stafford, on what the announcement meant for him and his ten direct employees, many who attended the rally.

They also noted that a number of members were unable to participate in the rally as they were currently supporting the government with fire-fighting activities in East Gippsland with their employees and equipment. This service and equipment that would no longer be available if the decision to close the native industry was not reversed.

For more information, please read the joint media release here.

Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh's media release here.

Source: AFCA

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