Processors of hardwood timber in Victoria, Australia, have formed a new association to fight the government’s decision to shut the native forest industry. The association, the Victoria Hardwood Sawmillers Association (VHSA), is separate from the industry’s traditional lead body, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries, which now mainly represents Australian paper and softwood plantation growers and processors.
The VHSA says that the decision to close the native forest industry will lead to job losses and damage, or decimate the regional communities that depend on the industry. Their other key messages highlight that only four trees out of 10,000 are harvested annually, with every tree replaced by law, and that sawmillers operate modern innovative businesses during high-technology equipment to manufacture goods used by all Victorians.
The Association will also forge alliances with other primary industries that are affected by such decisions.