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Immediate end to old-growth logging, as thousands of jobs set to go

By Noel Towell and Rob Harris
The Sydney Morning Herald
November 7, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Premier Daniel Andrews says thousands of workers in the timber industry face a “tough transition” as the state government moved on Thursday to end logging of Victoria’s native forests. …Mr Andrews said the government had no choice but to act, with the industry facing a dwindling supply of native timber, down 50 per cent in the past decade, and that a large bush fire might deal the sector a knock-out blow. …“We have taken the time to make sure that this is a transition that is managed, it is not a matter of flicking a switch, that would be the wrong outcome in terms of preserving jobs. …Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said Victoria’s decision to end native timber harvesting was “casting aside an entire industry and workforce”. …”The lack of support and commitment to this sustainable industry is strongly condemned.” She said native forestry was a “sustainable industry”.

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