THE FEDERAL Government’s $42 billion economic stimulus package has been seen as a lifeline for the future for many in the forest and timber and associated industries. First announcements of the rescue package brought hope. Then hopes were dashed when the Opposition tried to block the
Mount Gambier mayor and Liberal candidate for Mount Gambier, Steve Perryman, has called on Labor Government Forestry Minister Rory McEwen to provide assurance the proposed upfront sale of three rotations of ForestrySA plantations is in the best interests of the region.
The forest industry’s economic situation and market conditions have been radically affected in recent months. Despite this, interest in the world’s biggest forestry fair, Elmia Wood 3–6 June, is still high.
The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) has welcomed the Federal
Government’s $42 billion Nation Building and Jobs Plan as a critical step in
safeguarding Australia’s economy whilst providing a remarkable opportunity to build an
environmentally sustainable future.
The global warming challenges we face have been linked to our addiction to digging “black stuff” out of the ground and using it to fuel our growth and prosperity. Biochar technology offers society the opportunity to pay back this historic greenhouse burden – by taking renewable resour