Labor leaves Timber Industry Plan hanging

Wednesday 19th August 2020

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has once again shown they’re all talk and no action, as the Timber Industry Plan remains in limbo.

LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett said Labor say one thing in Maryborough but act differently in Brisbane.

“Nearly a year ago Annastacia Palaszczuk went to Maryborough to try and quell her disaffected regional backbench by announcing a timber plan, but it’s all spin and no action,” Mr Perrett said.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government hasn’t even established the timber advisory group that was supposed to be responsible for overseeing and working with the industry about a sustainable economic future.

“This $3.8 billion industry supports 25,000 direct and indirect Queensland jobs and now more than ever it needs economic leadership and a plan.

“The LNP has a bold vision to make Queensland Australia’s economic powerhouse again; the best place to get a job and get ahead.

“An LNP government will implement our economic plan for a decade of secure jobs which includes supporting and growing the state’s forestry industry, to get Queensland working again and drag Queensland out of the recession.

“The foundations of the LNP’s plan for a stronger economy and secure jobs are investing for growth in sustainable and secure industry’s like forestry to unleash Queensland industry by supercharging the regions and securing our children’s future.”

Timber Queensland CEO Mick Stephens said “Since the announcement, we are alarmed by the lack of progress on the supply options study and priority that should be given to the issue of native forest resource security for the hardwood industry.”

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