Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association (TFCA) CEO Ed Vincent welcomed today’s signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Tasmanian forest industry.
The agreement provides for up to $86 million for contractor and employee exit assistance and employment, retraining and re-location programs for redundant forestry workers.
“With today’s signing a major milestone in the restructuring of Tasmania’s forest industry has been reached, however there is still much work to be done to achieve an industry that maximises the opportunities for Tasmania.”
“A large number of stakeholders have created a path forward, through their good will and hard work over the last fifteen months. This signing is a wake-up call for those who have opposed the process. It is a process and agreement that has been supported by the industry, environmental organisations, community representatives, union, and now, both tiers of government.”
“This is a unique attempt aimed at resolving over three decades of forest conflict, to restructure this industry to meet the technological, market and environmental realities of the current century”.
“Today’s signing presents a watershed moment, providing a once in a generation opportunity for Tasmania’s forestry products industry to grow. However this must happen against a background of support for the statement of principles agreement.”
Ed Vincent CAHRI
Chief Executive Officer
TASMANIAN FOREST CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
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