Council committed to communities under native timber phase-out

first_imgCouncil committed to communities under native timber phase-out East Gippsland and Wellington shire councils have released the results of a new jointly commissioned study that will help inform decision making about the Victorian Government’s native timber harvesting phase-out.Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said East Gippsland has a long and significant history with the timber industry. For many of our communities, timber harvesting and processing is part of their identity.“In response to the announcement of the Victorian Government to phase out native timber harvesting by 2030 we have worked with Wellington Shire Council through a Timber Industry Taskforce to jointly engage a specialist economic impact consultant,” Cr Urie said.“This has ensured we have independent information available about the potential jobs impact on our communities that will be affected by the Victorian Forestry Plan.”Part of that analysis indicates around 1,110 jobs would be lost across East Gippsland and Wellington shires if native forest logging ceased immediately.“These jobs are important to both shires and include direct and indirect jobs,” Cr Urie said.“The information in the economic impact report will help us better understand the work needed to support our communities now and into the future.“We are also working with the Victorian Government on a pilot community transition program in Orbost. This program will investigate the best ways to create new employment opportunities. Council has and will continue to advocate for investment in East Gippsland in response to the transition announcement.“Recently, similar assistance for Swifts Creek and Nowa Nowa has also been announced and Council will work with the Government to ensure maximum benefits are gained from these rollouts.“We want to ensure that any industry restructure places communities at the centre of decision making and that resources are adequate and that no one is left behind.“We recognise timber workers have skills, expertise and equipment that is often used in a first response to fire events, for example. As the native forest industry is restructured, it is our expectation that their skills and machinery can be retained and used under such circumstances and that contractors are afforded other meaningful work within the forestry industry and other sectors.“We continue to seek greater detail from the Victorian Government about the transition out of native hardwood forests and the basis for the decision.“We will continue to work with communities across the region to ensure we are getting the best possible outcomes out of a challenging situation.”‍ /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, council, East Gippsland, East Gippsland Shire Council, employment, Forestry, Government, identity, industry, Investment, local council, Nowa Nowa, Orbost, outcomes, resources, Swifts Creek, Victoria, Wellington, Wellington Shire Councillast_img

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