AU$15 million bushfire transport support welcomed

Friday 15 May 2020

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed the inclusion of AU$15 million in freight support for burnt timber, as part of the National Bushfire Industry Recovery Package announced on Monday, but urges more is needed to help the industry recover.

In announcing the industry assistance, the Assistant Minister responsible for Forestry Senator Jonathon Duniam said that it will help ensure the industry can source the timber it needs for operations and to support jobs.

The Chief Executive of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Ross Hampton has welcomed the initial measure and applauded Senator Duniam for his efforts in supporting Australia’s renewable forest product industries as they continue recovery from catastrophic bushfires.

“The bushfires have had a devastating impact on all sectors of our industry; from forest growers to harvest contractors to hardwood and softwood timber and paper products processing and manufacturing. In many areas forest and fibre industries are the major economic driver and many thousands of regional workers rely on them thriving for their long-term future” Mr Hampton said.

Source: AFPA

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