AFPA urges the Nationals not to forget the forest industry

AFPA issued a media release urging the National Party not to forget the forest industry during its upcoming ‘listening tour’ of regional Australia. “The forest industry is such a major contributor to many regional communities it is vital that Minister McCormack talk to us as he tours regional Australia”, said AFPA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ross Hampton. “I trust that the announced refresh of the Coalition’s regional development policy clearly recognises the important role of the forest products industry in strengthening regional economies and creating local employment opportunities. In a significant number of towns forest industries are the keystone industry holding whole communities together. This review of regional policy will be incomplete if it does not reignite wood plantations policy.”