The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, has launched a website in support of the timber industry and issued a call for locals to also register their support.

Mrs Pavey said the industry is absolutely legitimate and it benefits the community.

“There is no question that this industry is sustainable and renewable, that it is managed by science-trained professionals and that it is highly valued,” Mrs Pavey said.

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“Very importantly, it employs many hard-working and good people – as it has for a very long time, and shall continue to do so for as long as science-based facts and reality are put before fictions and ideology.”

“As the Member for Oxley, with its large forest estate and timber industry, I have researched the industry and met stakeholders to understand how it operates,” Mrs Pavey said. This work shows a number of key facts about forestry, including:

  • There are 3.088050 million hectares of forest estate on the NSW North Coast (between Gosford and the Tweed River) under National Park, State Forest and other Crown Land tenure
  • Of this 3,088,050 ha:
    • 2,721,632 ha (88%) are reserved from harvesting
    • 366,418 ha (12%) are available for harvesting
  • In the 25-30 year forestry grow-harvest-grow cycle, only between 1 and 2% of the overall area of State Forest sees harvest activities in any year
  • For every tree harvested, more than one tree is replanted or regrown
  • Timber is a core renewable resource for the construction industry and employment  in NSW:
    • there are 775 timber mill employees between Newcastle and the Tweed River. It follows that there are thousands of people who’re involved in all the associated sectors of fuel, machinery and equipment supply and servicing, professional services and the all Government’s regulatory functions
    • statewide, the timber and forest products industry contribute $2.4bn to the NSW economy each year and employs more than 22,000 people across the State
  • While the annual running costs of National Parks & Reserves is currently some $54/ha, NSW State forests are maintained at a net operating cost of $4/ha

Mrs Pavey said these facts need to be front-of-mind for those who campaign for even more State Forest to be converted to National Park; and the following graph should be referred to:

Data Source:  Forestry Corporation of NSW annual sustainability reporting and DPI website: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/forestry/private-native-forestry  This data can also be seen as a map at: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/forestry/private-native-forestry

“There is more information about of timber industry on the new website: http://www.saveourtimberjobs.com.au/  and I urge people to review it, and consider registering their support.

“Good forestry and conservation policy should be about how well the public forest estate is being managed and is achieving real outcomes. It should not be about just enlarging National Parks at election times – which is what the ALP and The Greens do.”

The NSW Government has developed a vision and plan for forestry – the NSW Forest Industry Roadmap. It outlines a triple bottom line approach to achieving social, ecological and economic sustainability through four priority pillars, which can be seen at: NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap