08 Nov NSW Friends of Forestry Launch in State Parliament
TTIA today attended the AFPA-NSW launch of the Friends of Forestry at Parliament House, Sydney. Timber NSW, as a key stakeholder in the native hardwood industry, were also present as well as a number of representatives from other industry related associations. The launch gave key people in the NSW timber supply chain an opportunity to advocate for the native forest industry and its various products in NSW.
In attendance at the launch were government Ministers and politicians, as well as Shadow Ministers and Members of the Opposition. The meeting took place at a crucial time, being the second last sitting week of the NSW parliament before the March 2023 State election.
It also takes place at a time when there are calls for additional national park creation despite the very small percentage of the native forest in NSW set aside for timber harvesting.
TTIA emphasised to both government and opposition members at the launch, the critical need to retain our native forestry and hardwood products in supporting businesses and jobs in metropolitan and regional areas.
In particular, with the current shortage of building materials, we believe it is essential to deliver the message that the timber supply chain and its value play an absolutely critical role in our State’s infrastructure.
A special mention to Maree McCaskill of Timber NSW for being at the vanguard of this fight in the run up to what is a critical State election. Maree has TTIA’s full support in a campaign vital to the future well-being of our industry.
In the meantime, I urge you to continue to lobby your local Member of parliament with the clear and unequivocal message that jobs and industry support needs be at the top of their agenda.
Brian Beecroft, CEO