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Native Tree Industry Hit

Native Tree Industry Hit

Native Tree Industry facing new opportunities for prosecution

State Member for Northern Victoria Tania Maxwell has opposed changes to the Forests Legislation Amendment (Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2019.

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The new additions will see an increase in opportunities for prosecution against VicForests contractors.

Ms Maxwell said she was perplexed the government had passed a Bill dealing with the timber logging industry before release of a new Code of Practice, which is due before the end of the year.

The Bill incudes an increase to the penalty for individual timber workers to $21,000.

Ms Maxwell said the global timber shortage currently felt across Victoria, resulting in market prices skyrocketing, serves as a warning for the government ahead of its phase out of the Victorian native timber industry.

“These decisions have wide-ranging impact, not least for regional communities but will affect the availability of timber for residential and commercial projects across the state.”

Photo: VicForests

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