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Tuckey reaffirms commitment to Queensland RFA.

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Media Release


Minister for Forestry and Conservation and Minister assisting the Prime Minister



1 March 1999





The Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Wilson Tuckey, today reaff irmed the Federal Government’s commitment to completing a Regional Forest Agreement for South East Queensland by mid 1999.


Addressing the Reference Panel for the SEQ RFA in Brisbane today, Mr Tuckey thanked the conservation, industry, local government, community and indigenous groups represented on the panel for their continuing commitment to the RFA.


“Both the Federal and State governments value the contribution so many diverse groups have made to the process so far,” Mr Tuckey said.


“I look forward to working hard and constructively with Reference Panel members and the South East Queensland community over the next few months to reach a durable and balanced agreement about the future of South East Queensland forests.”


Mr Tuckey said the expertise and local knowlege of stakeholder and community organisations has made a major contribution to the soon-to-be released Comprehensive Regional Assessment



The CRA is the most detailed and thorough scientific assessment of the environmental, cultural, social and economic uses and values of the region’s forests.


“Governments will then call for public comment on an Options Report on possible approaches to an RFA,” Mr Tuckey said.


“We are hoping that everyone who cares about the region’s forests, for whatever reasons, will make their views known. I want to stress this is a public consultation process and not a public opinion poll. I am after information and analysis of data that can be assessed to achieve a better outcome for the environment but also taking into account social and economic impact.”


Mr Tuckey said the RFA could provide for genuinely ecologically sustainable forest management, as well as long-term and secure access to native timber and plantation resources.


“This will mean a better contribution to national economic performance and community life, as well as promoting community and investor confidence,” he said.


Mr Tuckey is in Queensland on a three day visit to the region, meeting community and industry representatives in Brisbane, Cooroy, Maryborough. Gympie, Kilcoy and Caboolture.


Media contact: Graeme Hallett 0419 688 440