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Federal Minister for Forestry and Conservation - Senator Ian Macdonald West Australian Minsiter for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Kim Chance South Australian Minister for the Envirnment and Conservation - John Hill Queensland Minister for Primary Industries and Rural Communities - Henry Palaszczuk South Australian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and Mineral Resources Development -

Paul Holloway

Tasmanian Minister for Economic Development, Energy and Resources - Paul Lennon ACT Minister for Urban Services - Bill Wood Victorian Minister for Environment and Conservation - Sherryl Garbutt New South Wales Minister for Agriculture - Richard Amery

New South Wales Minister for Forestry - Kim Yeadon Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries - Paul Henderson

Australian Forestry Standard

Labor and Coalition State, Territory and Federal Forestry Ministers, have today joined forces and endorsed an Australian Forestry Standard in a bid to make Australian wood products more appealing to domestic and overseas markets.

The AFS is the first purely Australian standard, which is designed to define environmental performance and sustainability in the forestry industry.

"Australia has world class forest management practices for both native and plantation forests and we look forward to a large range of Australian forest products being labelled under internationally recognised certification schemes such as the Australian Forestry Standard."

Ministers said that all local forest growers from small farmers to large State and privately owned enterprises could apply to have their forests certified under the standard.

Industry and the State, Territory and Federal Governments have jointly funded the initiative.

"The AFS should help increase the attractiveness of our timber and wood products in export markets," Ministers said.

"Many nations already market their timber as environmentally sustainable on the basis of other internationally recognisable certification schemes including the Pan European Forest Certification Scheme and Forest Stewardship Council."

"During the past decade there have been an increasing number of countries developing sustainable forestry standards and it is important that Australia is not left behind."

The standard should be published and available for application by forest industries across Australia within the next few months.

"The work of the various stakeholder groups that have helped in formulating and approving this standard should be applauded," Ministers said.

Further media inquiries: Senator Macdonald's office: Kelly Stevens 0405 191 732. Other inquires: Media Advisers of relevant ministers.

 

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