The domestic softwood timber industry in NSW has received a significant boost with the government directing Forestry Corporation to divert selected softwood log exports impacted by the China trade embargo, to domestic markets. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Forestry John Barilaro said this will see at least an additional 270,000 tonnes of logs enter the domestic supply chain over the next three years.
“This additional timber will help to meet the current increased local demand and mitigate against looming supply challenges in the wake of the 2019/20 bushfires,” Mr Barilaro said. Mr Barilaro highlighted the range of important public interest considerations underpinning this decision, including safeguarding vital timber processing jobs in regional NSW, while bolstering the benefits to the construction sector where demand for locally produced and processed timber remains high.
Source: begadistrictnews, nswnationals