Timber Queensland, the peak body for the state’s timber industry, has called on the government to make good on its commitment to the sector.
In 2017, natural resources minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the government would “continue to support the industry and promote initiatives which create and support jobs, improve existing economic strengths, add value and support regional and rural communities”.
Timber Queensland chief executive Mick Stephens said the 2012 Forest and Timber Industry Plan needed updating.
“This plan has essentially run its course with many of the initiatives around market awareness and resource inventory completed,” he said.
“In 2018, its time for a renewed focus on resource development and manufacturing competitiveness, including through better resource security, energy savings, infrastructure, value adding initiatives and training capability.
“This is fully consistent with the Palaszczuk government’s election commitment to secure future supplies and create additional value from the timber industry.”
He said particular actions could include a $10 million Farm Forestry development initiative and a new forestry harvesting and haulage training centre in Maryborough.