NSW Labor welcomes Parliamentary Inquiry into NSW Forestry and Timber Industry

26 March 2021

NSW Labor has welcomed the announcement of a Parliamentary Inquiry into the NSW forestry and timber industry by the Legislative Council’s Industry Committee. 

The inquiry will be the first major review of the NSW Forestry and timber industry for over 20 years.
 
The Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Paul Scully was instrumental in establishing the Parliamentary Inquiry.
 
“This is an opportunity for the forestry and timber industry as well as timber-dependent communities to have a voice about the long-term future of their industry and their jobs.
 
“These hardworking communities, which produce the timber to build houses across New South Wales need direction, help and hope after a horror 12-months of bushfires and now floods.
 
“Already there are cases of timber suppliers not having enough supply for house frames, decking and hardwood products.
 
“That’s increasing delays and the cost of building houses in New South Wales”, Mr Scully said.
 
Mr Scully said the Parliamentary Inquiry was necessary because the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has run out of ideas to help support forestry and timber workers and their communities.
 
“This 10 year old Government is mired in scandal, sleaze and corruption, which is one of the reasons a Parliamentary inquiry into the future of the forestry and timber industry in New South Wales is so important”, he said.
 
The Parliamentary Inquiry will help to better understand the projections for softwood and hardwood timber supply and demand; transparent reporting of the timber supply; and the opportunities for the timber and forestry products industry and timber-dependent communities.
 
Submissions from individuals, industry stakeholders, and local government are encouraged and close with the Committee Secretariat on Friday, 28 May 2021.

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