Gippsland Portal

Latest News

Add My News • Search Old News

Peter Walsh MP:
Victorian Timber Workers an Endangered Species under Labor

Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 will do nothing to protect jobs.

By Portal Admin - 9th August 2020 - Back to News

A review of the Victorian timber industry’s Code, announced by the Andrews Labor Government today, is another nail in the coffin for local jobs and industry confidence.

Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said the Government’s review of the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 will do nothing to protect jobs.

"The Andrews Labor Government continues to put Victoria’s responsible, sustainable native timber industry through the wood chipper," Mr Walsh said.

"Daniel Andrews’ destructive policy agenda has put people out of work, but all we get from Labor is more reviews, more spin and nothing to guarantee local jobs.

"The only jobs this review is going to support are those of the Government bureaucrats who carry it out.

"In Gippsland alone, more than 100 people have already lost their jobs and 80 machines are left parked up in the yard because Daniel Andrews is deliberately keeping timber coupes locked up."

The Andrews Government has also delayed the release of assessments that have been completed on timber coupes affected in January’s bushfires. It means coupes that could be opened to industry remain closed.

Mr Walsh said timber jobs were critical to the survival of many small communities in Gippsland and north-east Victoria where there are no other employment options nearby.

"We’ve seen the Andrews Government do everything possible to starve Victoria’s forest industry of resources, costing regional jobs and undermining business confidence," Mr Walsh said.

"It’s total madness considering our forest industries support tens of thousands direct and indirect jobs, many in regional communities, and pump $7.32 billion through Victoria’s economy."


Published by:

If you are the author of this story you can edit it by clicking here

Related Articles






Baw Baw Bass Coast Cardinia East Gippsland Latrobe City South Gippsland Wellington
© 2001-2020 Print this page | Subscribe to Newsletter | Feedback / Inquiries | Login
Care has been taken in compiling the component parts of this website. However, does not warrant or represent that the website is free from errors or omissions, that the qualifications claimed by an advertiser are valid or that the published details of any advertiser are as stated on the website. Please review the full statement of our Terms and Conditions of Service and disclaimer.