New polling conducted for the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) in the federal Tasmanian electorate of Bass, shows voters overwhelmingly believe a strong forest industries sector is important to Tasmania’s economy. 
 
The uComms poll of 847 voters in the northern Tasmanian electorate found 8 in 10 voters regard forest industries as either important or very important to the economy. 

The poll also found a clear majority of voters believe Tasmania should have a native timber industry for the production of quality timber products. 
 
Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton said, “This survey in a key electorate of national focus, demonstrates that voters want political parties and candidates to support forest industries.”
 
“Thousands of people across Tasmania draw a living from these renewable and sustainable industries and it’s important that their futures are secured by commitments from federal political parties.”
 
Key poll results include:
 
·       8 in 10 voters regard forest industries as important or very important to the Tasmanian economy.
 
·       More than 60 per cent of voters believe Australia should have its own native timber industry for quality timber products.
 
“This election, the 120,000 Australians who work across the full value chain of forest industries will be looking closely at which political parties offer the best plan for their futures,” Mr Hampton concluded.