AFCA

Join us in the fight to save the native forest industry

The decision to end native timber harvesting in Victoria's forests six years ahead of schedule has had consequences far-reaching and have inflicted untold damage on our native timber industry.


ABOUT:

Victoria's native timber industry has a proven track record of sustainability and renewal. It provides beautiful, practical, and desirable products for various applications, including flooring, decking, and furniture. Timber, with its low emissions, plays a crucial role in climate action, surpassing alternative materials in environmental benefits. Rigorous regulations have maintained a delicate balance between industry and nature, protecting biodiversity and forest health.

However, the sudden termination of native timber harvesting has placed an immense burden on those dedicated to this industry. The six-month adjustment period is woefully inadequate for individuals, businesses, and communities to plan for their futures. Small contracting businesses, the backbone of this industry, are now grappling with consequences beyond their control.

THE IMPACT:

Contracting businesses, often small and hardworking enterprises, find themselves victims of a decision made by the Government. Urgent action is needed to provide fair compensation and support packages that acknowledge their long-term investments. Failure to act swiftly may entrench poverty instead of ensuring a smooth transition for these individuals and their families.

WE URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO:

  • Reconsider the decision and take a path of renewal.
  • Provide genuine and fair compensation.
  • Support packages that consider the long-term investments made by businesses.
  • Ensure a responsible and considerate approach to this situation.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Click the link below to access a drafted template letter addressed to the Hon Jacinta Allan MP, Premier of Victoria. Download the letter, personalize it, and include additional content as needed.

WHERE TO SEND YOUR LETTER:

Email your completed letter to jacinta.allan@parliament.vic.gov.au.

YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS:

Let's stand together to protect our businesses, individuals, communities, and the entire state. Your voice can make a difference!