AFPA has released a comprehensive new policy proposal, Plantations…the missing piece of the puzzle, detailing a solution to the plantations crisis facing Australia. AFPA Chief Executive Officer, Ross Hampton said, “We are now in the crazy situation where we are importing more and more softwood, for example, to build our houses because existing sawmills cannot get sufficient resources. It is a bad situation which gets worse and worse the longer we wait.” AFPA’s new policy proposal would see the Australian Government recognise 29 ‘Strategic Plantation Hubs’ in which plantations and downstream processing would be encouraged through a range of well-targeted measures.
In conjunction with the release of the new plantations policy, AFPA has uploaded on its website a new BAEconomics final report into the economics of plantation expansion in Australia. This report highlights some of the economic opportunities and challenges for developing new wood plantations into the future.