A number of substantial challenges confront the timber industry in Australia and in New Zealand. Daily Timber News, and Timberbiz, have been challenged in covering the Victorian Native Timber decision, the State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) issue in New South Wales, and the extensive direct and indirect losses the industry at all levels has experienced from Australia’s summer bushfires. Source: Bruce Mitchell
With the onset of the COVID-19 virus the industry – from the forests to construction – is also coming to grips with a range of potentially serious consequences ranging from the loss of exports, to the cancelling of important events, and overall industry and national uncertainty.
While the effects of the virus may not have an immediate impact on the industry, exports have already plummeted as the world responds to the pandemic with border closures. For now, in Australia it is business as usual in our mills.
As the industry’s major media, Ryan Media’s Daily Timber News and Timberbiz along with Australian Forests & Timber and Australasian Timber have initiated proactive staffing and supplier procedures to maintain its publishing capabilities and communication expectations of our readers and advertisers.
We are conscious of our role in delivering news and information during the coming months in a timely fashion, and to support the timber industry across the board as the situation unfolds via our print and digital journals.
Reader feedback and information is particularly vital during such periods and we welcome this to share in support of the timber industry.
As restrictions tighten and meetings between industry stakeholders become more tenuous our role as a distributor of news has never been more important. We are here to keep lines of communication open between all industry players and disseminate information critical to the operation of your industry.
We urge you to keep us informed and turn to us to keep you informed.