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CFMEU condemns Vic government for ‘heartless stupid decision’

The powerful construction and forestry union has joined in the condemnation of the launched a stinging attack on the Victorian State Government over the decision to end logging in Victoria’s native forests. The CFMEU says the government has made a “heartless stupid decisio
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Victorian Labor – one hand gives, while the other takes away

Corryong sawmill operator and pallet manufacturer Graham Walker received a letter in October from Victoria’s Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Resources Jaclyn Symes good enough to take to the bank. In fact, he did. The letter recommended he continue to work with VicF
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Economic devastation on the cards for Gippsland

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said Daniel Andrews announcement is a serious kick in the guts for hardworking Gippslanders. “Once again Labor shows a total disrespect for regional people,” said Ms Bath. “Daniel Andrews’ decision is economically devastatin
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Nationals leader says more than 20,000 jobs will go

Nationals leader Peter Walsh has described the logging ban announcement as a “beat up” developed by people opposed to logging. “There’s no old growth logging, that’s the biggest load of bull ever,” he said. “Less than 5% of native forest is ever being logged in Victoria across a 30 ye
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VAFI devastated by ‘short sighted’ decision

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries is devastated by the State Government’s decision to shut down the Victorian native timber industry by 2030. “It’s clear the government has bowed to pressure from vocal environmental groups and turned its back on listening to those within
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Timber industry traded for foreign imports

A logging ban in Victoria’s state forests will forfeit local jobs in support of foreign imports, the state’s peak timber group has warned. Timber Towns Victoria chair and Glenelg Shire Councillor Karen Stephens said the State Government’s lock down of forest would jeopardise 2000 timb
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AFCA urges review of ‘poorly considered policy’

The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) is in disbelief following the Victorian State Government’s short-sighted decision to close-down the native forest industry within 10 years. AFCA believes this decision flies in the face of supporting regional jobs and economies, sou
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Vic Government hails forestry decision greatest ever

The State Government has described the decision as “the largest environmental protection policy in the state’s history’’, with immediate protections for the iconic Greater Glider species, native fauna and Victoria’s remaining old-growth forest. Source: Timberbiz The decision, which in
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Fury grows over native logging ban

Yesterday’s announcement that native timber logging in Victoria will be phased out by 2030 has left the industry in shock and people in regional areas such as Gippsland reeling.The State Government in Victoria revealed its plans yesterday for the current level of native timber availab
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