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State-wide marketing workshops to boost skills in the NSW native timber industry.

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JOINT STATEMENT Federal Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald NSW Minister for Forestry, Kim Yeadon,

AFFA02/2MJ 4 February 2002

State-wide marketing workshops to boost skills in the NSW native timber industry The native timber industry in NSW is set to reap the benefits of a joint Federal and State initiative that will provide its workers and employers with training in the latest marketing techniques, the Federal Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald, and the NSW Minister for Forestry, Kim Yeadon, announced today.

The Ministers said the workshops, which will be held in five regional centres during February and run by Chamberlain Corporate Development, would help boost competitiveness and profitability in all sectors of the industry.

“As well as helping industry members become much more market focused, the workshops will also better equip them to take advantage of a range of new and emerging opportunities, both here and overseas,” they said.

The Ministers said the workshops are the result of an extensive consultation process, and will be practical and carefully tailored to meet specific industry needs.

“We are confident that they will deliver the expertise and understanding of marketing needed to help the industry capitalise on the extensive reform process it has undergone in recent years.”

Senator Macdonald said the Governments had contributed $48,000 from the Native Timber Industry Marketing and Development Fund (NTIMDF) to help set the workshops up.

“The NTIMDF is a key component of the Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package, which has seen NSW and the Commonwealth commit $1.5 million over three years for marketing and development projects across the State,” he said.

Mr Yeadon said the workshops clearly demonstrate a strong commitment by both Governments to improve the marketing capabilities and international competitiveness of NSW’s native timber industry.

“We urge industry members from all sectors to consider participating,” Mr Yeadon said

The workshops will be held in Grafton on February 5; Taree on February 6; Dubbo on February 8; Albury on February 12 and in Batemans Bay on February 14.

For more information on the workshops, or to book a place on one, please call the Forestry Structural

Adjustment Unit on 1300 360 844 (toll free).

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: David Moore (07) 4771 3066 Mr Yeadon's office: Warwick Ponder (02) 9228 3688

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