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Timber industry tops in Eden.

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Press Release Ref: 1553 Published: 25/7/2005 Title: Timber Industry Tops in Eden

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, commended those involved in the timber industry for their commitment to the south coast region and welcomed technological advancements to the industry in his opening address to the Australian Timber Trainers Association’s Annual Workshop/Conference held in Eden today.

“The timber industry has grown into a sophisticated industry with the introduction of new harvesting and haulage equipment bringing significant economic, environmental and health and safety benefits to companies and their employees,” Mr Nairn said.

“Organisations such as the Australian Timber Trainers Association and the Eden Logging Investigation and Training Team continue to value-add to the industry through their commitment to delivering professional training and are vital to the future of the timber industry throughout Australia.”

Gary Nairn also announced that the Australian Government has approved a $150,000 grant for the first stage of a Wood and Paper Products Industry Skills Shortages Strategy.

“The National Association of Forest Industries and the Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council submitted a proposal to address skills shortages and I am very pleased that the Minister for Vocational and Technical Education, the Hon Gary Hardgrave, has approved this funding,” he said.

Also the timber industry in Eden-Monaro has, over the recent years, benefited from funding through Australian Government grants such as the Eden Region Adjustment Package and the joint Commonwealth/NSW Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package.

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“Companies who have received this Government assistance have been able to purchase new mechanical harvesting equipment and will continue to provide vital employee training,” Mr Nairn said.

The Australian Government is committed to and will continue to support the development of a sustainable, efficient, competitive and value-added native hardwood industry.