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Move ‘for-wood’ Industry warns of serious timber

This Issue • Bushfire report ‘curate’s egg’ for industry • Plantations seminar looks at investment

shortfall in pre-election message on imported forest products,” he said. “Higher imports would result in adverse environmental, employment and climate outcomes. “We already have a trade deficit in forest and wood products of more than $2 billion and this could easily double or triple if we don’t act now.” The plan focuses on immediately renewing the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) to provide evergreen 20year resource security, focusing initially on Tasmania. It also calls for an effective investment mechanism for developing long rotation sawlog plantations to meet future timber needs and boost future carbon stores.

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AUSTRALIA’s growing population will require 7.1 million new dwellings and at least 64 million cub m of construction timber by 2050 – and on its current course, the industry won’t meet this demand. This is the key message in a new ‘Forest Industry Growth Plan’ delivered in Hobart last Thursday by the National Association of Forest Industries in the lead-up to the federal election. “On our current course, Australia will not have enough locally-grown wood to meet our future needs,” NAFI chief executive Allan Hansard said. “Australia has a choice – we act now to secure and grow our own sustainably managed forests and industry for the future or we can become further reliant



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“Our plan recognises the immediate and urgent plight of the Tasmanian forest contractors hit hard by the market downturn caused by the global financial crisis,” Mr Hansard said. “Tasmanian contractors must be assisted now, irrespective of what comes out of current talks between industry and conservationists on future forest policy in Tasmania.” The plan calls for government to support private investment in downstream processing of Australia’s hardwood pulpwood resources and high value sawlog processing. The plan targets other areas requiring urgent attention, including research and development, skills development, market access and essential infrastructure, to allow the industry to boost national prosperity and regional

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jobs. Mr Hansard said NAFI’s plan provided a roadmap to generate an extra $19 billion in industry investment by 2020, while reducing carbon emissions by 80 million tonnes a year. “NAFI asks all parties to endorse the Forest Industry Growth plan,” he said.

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Hardwoods seminar: time for self-analysis TIMBER Queensland says following the launch of the Government’s Queensland timber plantation strategy 2020 it is time for the hardwood industry to look inwards, assessing if true market potential is being maximised. Chief executive of Timber Queensland Rod McInnes says decisions made by the Queensland Government under the South East Queensland Forests Agreement and Western Hardwood Statewide Forests Process mean there is a secure supply of resource and a promising future for the state’s hardwood Industry. “The government has ensured it will deliver the final phase of a 20,000 ha native hardwood plantation estate, which means

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more work for everyone,” Mr McInnes said. The 2020 plantation strategy signals a new direction for the Queensland government. “It establishes a fundamental change in the role of government from direct ownership of timber plantations to one of leadership

and strategic direction setting,” Forestry Minister Tim Mullherin said. The recent sale of the state’s plantation estate to the private sector [Hancock’s Forest Plantations Queensland Pty Ltd] had opened the way for a more commercially focused approach to timber plantations, Mr Mulherin said. The aim of the strategy was to provide an investor-ready environment for a competitive, sustainable timber plantation sector. “Queensland’s hardwood industry needs to make the most of the current opportunities, and have a plan for the future,” Rod McInnes said. “All industry players need to think about what type of future will this be and what role their businesses have in developing and capitalising on this future.” To rally industry and map out the future, Timber Queensland is holding a one–day workshop ‘The Future of Queensland Hardwoods: Aligning Growth, Processing and Sales for Success’ at the Pavilion Conference Centre, Gympie on August 20. The event, which is open to Timber Queensland members and the industry at large, features speakers on topics including resource availability,

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bushfires royal commission

Bushfire report on fuel reduction a curate’s egg for forest industry THE forest industry has welcomed recommendations in the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires royal commission final report to triple the level of fuel reduction burning but says it doesn’t go far enough. “I’d give the recommendations no better than a five out of 10, and I’m being generous,” the chief executive of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries Philip Dalidakis told T&F enews. “They get good marks for addressing the issue of fuel build-up in terms of prescribed burns, but they fail to acknowledge the forest industry’s very important contribution in managing forest fires – the first line of defense.” The Victorian government has deferred a decision on eight of the more “complex, difficult or controversial” recommendations in the report, released on July 31. Premier John Brumby says his government “supports in principle” 59 of the 67 recommendations, but will seek further consultation on the remaining eight, visiting bush-fire affected communities to do so.

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Philip Dalidakis .. forest management should be acknowledged.

One recommendation accepted is to triple the level of fuel reduction burning, expected to cost an estimated $250 million annually. The state Opposition led by Ted Baillieu is expected to pressure the government to make a decision on implementation of the report as soon as possible and challenges Brumby to support all 67 recommendations. This includes the recommendation that thousands of kilometers of single-line power lines and highvoltage feeder lines in high-risk areas be buried or replaced with other technologies in the next

David Packham .. commission has taken the soft option.

10 years at a cost of potentially billions of dollars to the private and public sectors. Meanwhile, bushfire expert David Packham says the Brumby government’s nondecision on increasing bush land subject to controlled burning each year is a political ploy to appease Green voters for the state election. The adjunct senior research fellow at Monash University, Mr Packham has called for a doubling of the royal commission’s recommendation to triple the amount of bush land burnt off each year. The commission’s final report warned that the state’s

controlled burning had been inadequate and recommended that an “annual rolling target of a minimum of 5% of public land” be burnt off as part of a new long-term program to reduce fuel loads across the state. About 1.7% of public land is now subject to prescribed burning each year. The report says the state has allowed the forests to continue accumulating excessive fuel loads, adding to the likelihood of more intense bushfires, placing fire-fighters and communities at greater risk. Mr Packham said given the antagonism the Greens had to prescribed burning, the government would procrastinate as long as it could with a state election approaching. “Even then they will maybe commit to a 3% target,” he said. He said even the royal commission had taken the soft option at every turn. For instance, it discussed a prescribed burning range of between 5 to 8% of public land in the preamble to its report, but in the recommendation opted Cont Page 13

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by ForestWorks, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Note: Forest industries liaison dinner in the evening at the Regent Theatre on Collins Street. For information contact: cday@ 13-15: Manufacturing 2010. Melbourne. Designed for wood processing operations in the dry mill and stand-alone wood manufacturing companies. View: 15: WoodSolutions 2010 program. State Library of Queensland, Brisbane. Register interest at www. 15-16: Wood Manufacturing 2010 Profitable Wood Manufacturing - Tooling Technology & Design, Melbourne. 20-21: Wood Manufacturing 2010 Profitable Wood Manufacturing - Tooling Technology & Design Rotorua, NZ. 30-2 October: The Future of Forestry and Forest Science Conference. Celebrating the centenary of forestry education in Australia. Sydney Myer Asia Centre Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Melbourne University. Contact: Event Planners Australia forestry. Email: September-October: Centenary of Forestry Education in Australia. Celebrated with various activities and events reflecting on the past, and preparing for the challenges of the future.

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10-13: Australian Forest Growers national conference, Mount Gambier, SA. Chief executive Warwick Ragg. Contact national office: (02) 6162 9000.

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12: ForestWood 2010. A pan-industry conference jointly hosted by the Forest Owners Association (FOA), Wood Processors Association (WPA), Pine Manufacturers Association (PMA), Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) and supported by Woodco, NZ Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA) and Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association (FTMA). Venue: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. A great opportunity for organisations and individuals, with a keen interest in forestry, to engage with decision makers and professional specialists from the forestry industry. Conference will focus on maximising value through the value chain, the sector’s relationship with the community and the challenges facing the different sectors. Visit 15-17: Melbourne Timber and Working with Wood Expo, Melbourne Showground, Melbourne. Contact: (02) 9974 1393. Fax: (02)9974 3426 Email:

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federal governments to support interestsis of to its NAFI’sthemission members while the same represent theatinterests time improving industry of members by standards and practices, promoting the promoting sustainable environmental forestry management and educating the broader sustainability and community on theof the prosperity economic, environment Australian forest and social benefits of industries. a strong sustainable forest industry. National Association of The National Association Forest Industries Ltd of Forest Industries (Est. 1987) Ltd (EST.1987) PO Box 239, PO Box 239, Deakin ACT 2600 Deakin, ACT 2600 Tel: (02) 6285 3833. Tel: (02) 6285 3833 Fax: (02) 6285 3855 Fax: (02) 6285 3855 Web: Web:

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processing (sawmilling), value adding, building regulations, certification and labelling and marketing. Speakers include Jim Burgess, resource and environment manager, Timber Queensland; Michael Kennedy, acting general manager, horticulture and forestry science (research and development); Laurie Gardener (processing); Ted Stubbersfield, director, Outdoor Structures Australia (adding value with hardwoods); and Colin MacKenzie, manager, application and use, Timber Queensland (standards, codes and building regulations). A panel discussion with Mitch O’Mara, managing director, Tradeware, and Brad Saunders will look at marketing, growing the customer base, traditional hardwood applications and

Rod McInnes .. strengths, weaknesses and threats.

product development. Jim Burgess will examine chain of custody certification. TQ chief executive Rod McInnes will give an overview of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to Queensland’s hardwood industry.

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The seminar is presented by First Super, the $1.6 billion industry superannuation fund for the forestry, pulp and paper and furniture industries, and sponsored by Industry Funds Management, Macquarie Funds Group and Perpetual Ltd. Speakers include: Anthony Abrahams, director, Macquarie Agribusiness, one of Australia’s leading agribusiness fund managers, which oversees one of Australia’s largest plantation forestry investment portfolios. Tim Cayen, director of business development, Hancock Timber Resource Group, Boston, USA. Hancock, the owner of HVP Plantations, which recently purchased the Queensland Government’s plantation estate.

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Peter Mertz, chief executive, Global Forest Partners LP, based in the US. GFP is a major international forestry investment fund manager and owner of Australian Bluegum Plantations and recently purchased the former Timbercorp forestry assets. Doug Parsonson, president, Asia-Pacific, Poyry Management Consulting, one of the world’s leading consulting companies and most experienced advisors working across the plantation forestry and pulp and paper manufacturing sectors. Hancock Timber Resource Group and HVP plantations are hosting a small plantation forestry tour for seminar participants on Thursday, September 9. Contact Graeme Russell on (03) 8663 2122.

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New Queensland treatment technology adding value, profit for timber industry QUEENSLAND researchers are exploring innovative ways to better preserve timber using specially-rebuilt preservation treatment equipment. Jack Norton, senior agriscientist at the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, said a specially designed experimental preservation treatment plant would enhance research capacity in timber sustainability. “Protecting timber from insect attack and fungal decay will help to protect Queensland’s forest and plantation products,” he said. “All trees, irrespective of their species, contain a band of sapwood just under the bark that has little natural resistance to decay, borers or termites. “Most sapwood can be impregnated with wood preservative chemicals, which makes it resistant to biological hazards. “The experimental treatment plant, which simulates industry’s

Agri-Science Queensland scientists Jack Norton (right) and Rob McGavin prepare timber for treatment in the experimental treatment plant in Brisbane.

treatment process, will allow us to investigate potential new chemical formulas and processes to help further extend the use of timber where durability and pest resistance is required.” The treatment plant has an empty cylinder volume of 600 litres and is capable of handling normal commercial treatment cycles. The first test will be on

new plantation hardwoods. Mr Norton said the outcome of this research would be very important to the timber industry for adding value and increased profitability. “Treated timber is used extensively in Australia for building, landscaping and hundreds of other purposes,” he said.

“Finding new ways to improve the longevity of treated timber will not only boost industry’s energy and cost efficiencies, it will also help to extend our plantation resources and reduce the impact on our environment. ”The new treatment plant is an important addition to the on-going search for new and cost effective wood treatment systems.” Mr Norton said the timber preservation research would be conducted at the Queensland Government’s Salisbury research centre, which was the biggest and most well equipped forest product facility dedicated to research and development in Australia. “The centre is state-of-theart, with capacity to undertake a diverse range of timber processing studies including solid wood and veneer processing, seasoning (drying) technologies and fully equipped National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited mechanical testing,” Mr Norton said.

Wildfires scorch British Columbia and Russia CREWS were battling an estimated 400 wildfires in British Columbia last week after dozens of new blazes over the weekend added to the already staggering total. The Jade wildfire near Lillooet has been burning since July 21 and has scorched an estimated 1500 hectares in the Canadian province. Worst hit is the Cariboo region in the province’s Interior, where as many as a third of the blazes are burning out of control, officials estimate. Some fires in the Jade Mountain area near Lillooet have been burning for two weeks or more. Officials are predicting the tally of wildfires will rise as the

Fires cut burning swathe through British Columbia.

province is plagued by hot, dry conditions. “We don’t anticipate any significant decrease in fire activity in the coming days,” fire information officer Gwen Eamer said.” We expect to continue to pick up in the range of 50 fires every day.”

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Ms Eamer said 183 new wildfires were reported during the BC Day long weekend. Since the beginning of the year, more than 760 sq km of land has been damaged or destroyed by fire. While lightning has sparked many fires, 11 of them were started by people. Weeks of hot, dry weather have led to extreme fire danger in much of the province. A campfire ban in most regions carries a $345 fine for the person who lit the match -- and everyone at the campfire. Anyone who causes damage to Crown forest or grassland through arson or recklessness can be fined up to $1 million or

sentenced to up to three years in prison. Meanwhile, Russia’s leaders have declared a state of emergency in seven provinces and ordered authorities to guard weapons storage facilities from wildfires that have killed at least 40 people. Thousands more have lost their homes to blazes stoked by Russia’s worst heatwave in more than 100 years. The heat has parched crops in one of the world’s largest grain producers. Little relief is expected this week. A blanket of acrid smog also covered the sweltering capital, Moscow, as nearly 700 wildfires burned over 1210 sq km.

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for a minimum of 5%. He said Victoria still had extremely high fuel loads in some areas and the government should adopt a 12% target. Mr Packham has said there is no possibility of understanding fire in Australia without reference to 1939. The area that was burned, the intensity of the fires, raises all sorts of questions and it really happened at the time when we were going from fire determined by indigenous practice, which I think is the appropriate practice for fires, to a Euro-centric fire exclusion policy which has been demonstrated to fail almost everywhere. ”The 1939 bushfires demonstrated its failure.” And Mr Packham believes this has been demonstrated again and again. “Despite these very apparent failures in the Eurocentric approach to it, or fire exclusion approach, we don’t seem to be learning,” he says. “Fire is determined by fuel and ignitions. If people don’t light it, then nature will light it through lightning strikes. If the fuel is there, then sooner or later the weather will come – and the esoteric science of thermodynamics says that if a

thing can burn, it will. “When you look at the fuels that were in existence in ’39, the fuels loads were less than what they are now and they were less because the graziers did a serious quantity of burning. “They wanted grazing lands and the indigenous people had kept the dry forests in such a state that they could graze and they, both indigenous people and the graziers, depended for their survival upon having an appropriate fire regime in the dry forests – and they had it. So the dry forests were kept at a fairly low fuel concentration and the wet ash forests were not and every now and again, they dry out.” Mr Packham says in the 1939 fires there were three high-risk fire days in one week. “Now to me, that means that if you can have three of them in one week, you can have it again. And you have got to put your fire protection and fire management policies in that context. You’ve got to look at what is the most probable worst situation and to me, three extreme fire danger days in one week is it.” Mr Packham said that in 1939 there was something like about Cont Page 13

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NZ building industry ‘wrapped’ in new coated pre-cladding ply A COATED plywood precladding lining material designed to create a strong secondary line of defence against moisture leaks into the building envelope has made an impact on the New Zealand building industry. Devised as an alternative to traditional building wrap which can move, twist and tear under wind pressure, Ecoply Barrier provides a rigid and durable protective layer around the building envelope against moisture and leaks when installed according to specifications. Manufactured by Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts New Zealand, the product also provides high structural bracing for buildings, acting as a rigid sheathing around the perimeter of the building envelop. “Gaining bracing external also allows the option of reducing interior bracing elements, reducing overall build cost,” Gordon White, CHH product manger-plywood, said. “Ecoply Barrier provides peace of mind for specifiers, builders and home owners alike given the recent concerns in New Zealand over leaky buildings.”

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PEFC .. meeting environmental demands.

the US certified to its forest management standard. About 220 million ha is certified to national standards endorsed by PEFC, and none are eligible

Ben Gunneberg .. benefits of building with wood must be recognised.

elected and government officials, professional foresters and other leaders on the issue. They have told USGBC that in order to increase the use of wood in buildings, all credible certification systems, including PEFC and FSC, need to be accepted. More than 5800 people from around the world, including countries such as Australia, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Malaysia, Spain and the UK, have signed an on-line petition posted by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program, a PEFC member that has forests across Canada and

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for the LEED credit. This includes 152 million ha – about 68% of the total – located in North America. Mr Gunneberg said USGBC must recognise the benefits of building with wood if it wants to demonstrate environmental leadership. “This means encouraging the use of wood through LEED by allowing credits for wood certified to all standards recognized by PEFC and FSC, and by increasing the number of credits builders can score for using timber,” he said. “To qualify for one LEED credit, wood must comply with 81 individual benchmarks – something no other building material is required to demonstrate.”


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FOREST certification standards from 12 nations have called on the US Green Building Council to end its discrimination against wood and accept all credible sustainable forest certification standards. The certification programs pointed out that wood is one of the best environmental choices for construction as long as it is from a responsible source – and that fibre certified to the 26 national forest certification programs recognised by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) meets this demand. Currently, the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating tool only recognises wood certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. The USGBC is involved in a process to evaluate forest certification programs, and recently released a fourth round of draft benchmarks for public comments. “Less than 10% cent of the world’s forests are certified, yet LEED does not recognise the more than two-thirds of the world’s certified forests that meet PEFC’s sustainability benchmarks,” says PEFC International secretary-general Ben Gunneberg. “The United Nations has warned that by giving exclusive recognition to one forest certification brand, green building standards may help drive demand for these brands at the expense of wider appreciation for the environmental merits of wood.” Standards from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Slovak Republic, Spain, the UK and the US, along with forest industry associations and companies from many of these countries, have joined North American issue 137 | 09.08.10 | Page 11


Building the national economy Forest Industries Growth Plan

A SUSTAINABLE future for Australia needs a sustainable and growing forest industry. With a growing population and growing demand for building and paper products, the forest industry is uniquely poised to assist the transition of the Australian economy to a sustainable, low emissions future. The forest industry can satisfy this future demand with carbon positive, renewable and low energy products, while providing significant economic development and regional jobs. With the right policy settings, the forest industry could create thousands of new jobs and generate up to $19 billion in new investment by 2020, while reducing carbon emissions by

Building the economy and Australia’s future on wood.

80 million tonnes a year. Achieving these outcomes will require strong leadership and a partnership approach between industry, communities and governments. NAFI has identified six priorities for action to maximise these opportunities and calls on Government to

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support these initiatives: Planning for the future – • Fund the development of a comprehensive forest industry growth plan that can contribute to a sustainable future for Australia. This would involve the forest industry, communities and government to develop and implement an industry wide plan, initially focusing on the Tasmanian forest industry. • Priorities should be to: build long term resource security for native forests and plantations through the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) renewal process; secure short and long rotation plantation investment and support internationally competitive domestic value adding. • Undertake an economic

assessment of long term domestic consumption trends for forest products and fund the collection and reporting of key forest industry and market data. Building resource security (native forests) – • Immediately start a process of renewing Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) and provide evergreen 20 year resource security – backed by Commonwealth and state legislation. RFAs are the appropriate vehicle to assess and implement any outcomes from the recent discussions between the industry and conservation groups in Tasmania or other such Cont Page 13

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initiatives. • Fund the necessary assessments to underpin the renewal of RFAs, including assessments of future wood quantity and quality from native forests and plantations and implications for communities reliant on the forest industry. • Provide interim structural assistance to Tasmanian forest industry harvesting and haulage contractors until such time as the future structure of the industry in Tasmania is determined. • Convene a national bushfire summit to implement a whole of landscape approach to the management of fuel loads to reduce fire risk and protect forest assets. Plantation forests – • Establish an effective investment mechanism for developing long rotation sawlog plantations to complement investment from Managed Investment Schemes (MIS) and to help address the future

Bushfire report From Page 9

a million hectares of ash forest that were burned. “Those million hectares probably had at least 30 tonnes per hectare of fuel, and it could have easily been twice that, so that’s 30 million tonnes of fuel burned on three particular days. That’s say 10 million tonnes on each of these days. ”That’s equal to five thermonuclear weapons. That’s equal to five hydrogen bombs. If anybody thinks that we humans have got the capacity to control that in any way, they’re totally mistaken. You’d may as well go down and stand in and tell the tide to go back.”

Funding must continue for skills training in the forest.

shortfall in availability of sawntimber to meet domestic housing requirements. • Maintain MIS arrangements with enhanced safeguards to protect investors and to rebuild investor confidence. • Recognise plantations as a dry land long rotation crop that should be treated in an equitable and scientific manner with respect to water policy. Innovation and investment – Two important outcomes from a stable regulatory framework include enhanced opportunities for domestic value adding and significant carbon emissions abatement. The provision of R&D is also critical to innovation and long-term industry competitiveness. Australia has a $2 billion trade deficit in wood products, largely from imports of paper products. Further investment in domestic value adding including the proposed establishment of pulp mills in Tasmania and the Green Triangle region, will help bring down the trade deficit and will create new jobs in rural and regional Australia. Domestic value adding – • Support private sector investment into domestic downstream processing of Australia’s hardwood pulpwood resources and for existing and new high value sawlog processing facilities. Carbon emissions abatement –

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• Implement practical rules for the recognition of reforestation as a significant carbon offset in any new proposed emissions trading scheme or related mechanisms. • Re-establish the Greenhouse Friendly program and implement other direct measures to allow reforestation activities to participate in the voluntary carbon market pending a future emissions trading scheme. • Amend the regulations for the National Renewable Energy Target Scheme, specifically the high value test regulations that impede the full use of forestry wood waste for green energy. Research and development – Review, in partnership with industry, the level and structure of R&D funding for the forest industry, to improve overall capability and incentives for innovation and delivery of R&D. • As a priority, fund research into the establishment of hardwood plantations for the production of high quality sawlogs and the commercial processing of those logs. • Fund key research gaps in forest sector climate change mitigation, including the development of renewable woody biomass technologies. Skills for an innovative future – • Continue funding of Forestworks as an industry skills council to develop and implement career and skills

initiatives that focus on the increasing need for highly skilled workers in all aspects of the industry. Improving market access – • Review the proliferation of voluntary environmental rating schemes in terms of market transparency and triple bottom line impacts in domestic and international markets. • Fund the further development of credible third party certification schemes for the sustainable forest management of forest products in Australia, including the review of the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and the development of a national standard for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). • Ensure building codes and energy rating schemes do not unfairly restrict the use of wood products, and recognise the lifecycle benefits and low carbon footprint of wood products. • Establish a domestic and export facilitation network with industry – to expand and develop new markets for Australia’s high quality wood products. • Implement an effective policy on illegal timber imports that is cost-neutral and protects domestic suppliers and builds further capacity for sustainable forest practices in the AsiaPacific region. • Address anti-dumping issues to ensure the domestic industry, local jobs and reliant communities are protected from the effects of dumping of forest product imports. Essential infrastructure – • Undertake a strategic study to identify transport (i.e. road, rail and ports) and energy infrastructure to underpin the development of the forest industry in key parts of Australia.

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