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Fisheries and Forestry Minister in Albany.

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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

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AFFA02/39M 5 April 2002


Fisheries and Forestry Minister in Albany

Albany is at the forefront of developments for a sustainable forestry industry, Federal Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald said today.

Visiting Albany, Senator Macdonald said the new Albany Plantation Export Company’s woodchip mill, utilising plantation timber from APFL, was an excellent example of the necessary step forward toward better plantation utilisation in Australia.

“The Howard Government is committed to the Forestry Industry. Not only have we successfully implemented the Regional Forest Agreements legislation, but we have legislated taxation incentives to encourage plantation investment,” he said.

“Plantations will become an increasing part of the timber industry mix, but there is also an ongoing and sustainable role for native hardwood harvesting.”

“Currently Australia has a $2billion wood and paper products trade deficit and we can’t afford to ignore a whole section of the forestry industry.”

Senator Macdonald said the State Government’s decision to lock up hardwood forests would unnecessarily devastate a number of small communities and place more pressure on that trade deficit.

“The Labor State Government has ignored the significant impact of this decision on regional communities, making a decision based more on the politics of getting green preferences than on science or any rational consideration of the appropriate mix of plantation and native forests,” he said.

“Plantations and the offshoot processing like this APFL plant are important and will become increasingly so - and the Albany community and APFL are to be congratulated.

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“However, plantations won’t replace harvesting for a long time and in the meantime, the Gallop Government is sacrificing vital local family jobs for what I can guarantee will be unsustainable grovelling to the greens.”

Senator Macdonald will visit the APEC Mill, Down Road, Albany, including an informal tree planting at 9.30am. Senator Macdonald will also visit other local forestry and fisheries operations:

1130 - visit APFL Port Facility; 1330 - meet with representatives of Timber 2002; 1500 - inspect Great Southern Marine Hatcheries; and 1600 - inspect Ocean Foods Hatchery.

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: David Moore 0417 774 724 or Kelli Gulberti9 0407 274 146    

  Last updated 5 April 2002

URL: Commonwealth of Australia 2000

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