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Forest industries welcome Albanese Ministry with mandate to turbocharge One Billion Trees goal to tackle climate change and boost timber supply

Australia’s forest industries welcome the new Albanese Government Ministry that will be sworn in today with a mandate to turbocharge the nation’s One Billion Trees goal to tackle climate change and secure Australia’s future timber and fibre needs.

Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) CEO Ross Hampton said Australia’s renewable forest industries looked forward to working with the Albanese Government to implement an ambitious forestry policy agenda Labor took to the election to deliver more than $300 million in new investment to grow and innovate the sector.

“The Albanese Government was elected with a mandate to turbocharge Australia’s goal to plant one billion timber plantation trees by 2030 in order to boost domestic timber supply and harness the climate change mitigation opportunities our industries offer,” Ross Hampton said.

“AFPA congratulates the new Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Murray Watt, who has been a passionate advocate for regional Australia and primary industries in his previous role of Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, and we look forward to working with Minister Watt on implementing these important initiatives.

“Other key Ministers we look forward to working with include Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen, Minister for Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Julie Collins, and Minister for Regional Development Kristy McBain, who has been a strong advocate for forest industries in her electorate of Eden Monaro.”

During the election campaign, Federal Labor matched the Coalition’s pledge to deliver:

  • $100 million for a National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) to be headquartered in Launceston
  • $86 million in grants to support the establishment costs of new timber plantations
  • $112.9 million in innovation grants for timber processors to make the most of our existing resource and create new manufacturing jobs

“On top of this, Labor also committed $10 million for skills and training programs for our sector, and backed native forestry jobs with a commitment to no more forest lock-ups. We look forward to working with the Albanese Government to realise the full potential of Australia’s renewable forest industries.

“We would also like to thank the former Shadow Minister for Agriculture Julie Collins for her leadership in the portfolio, and we are pleased that she will retain a key interest in the timber and forestry sector in her new role of Housing Minister,” Ross Hampton concluded.

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