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Timber Industry Action Plan

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The Timber Industry Action Plan recognises the significant role the Victorian native and plantation timber industry plays
 in our State’s economy.

A central theme of the Plan is that for this important industry to have a successful future, it requires greater policy certainty to deliver a secure investment environment. The Victorian Government is providing leadership in this area.

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The Timber Industry Action Plan recognises the significant role the Victorian native and plantation timber industry plays

 in our State’s economy. Employing over 25,000 people, the industry generates more than $400 million annually in log production and far more in domestic and export oriented value added product. The industry also puts back around
 $1.5 billion annually into Victoria’s economy though forestry business expenditure, primarily in rural and regional townships.

A central theme of the Plan is that for this important industry to have a successful future, it requires greater policy certainty to deliver a secure investment environment. The Victorian Government is providing leadership in this area.

The Timber Industry Action Plan includes strong, clear actions in line with the Coalition Government’s election commitment to provide greater resource certainty for industry and secure long-term access to native timber supplies.

The Timber Industry Action Plan establishes cross-Government cooperation:

  •  recognising timber plantations as a legitimate ‘as of right’ crop-raising activity in Victoria’s key agricultural zones;
  •  working with stakeholders to improve access to training and employment; and
  •  providing greater security to industry against changes in State Government policy that affect timber supply. I look forward to working with forest industry stakeholders and other Victorian Government departments and agencies in ensuring the Plan is fully implemented.