Calling on the Government
Log shipments into China were put on hold last week following findings of bark beetle in shipments.
It's a huge hit to the south-west economy .. with the The Green Triangle being the source of $400 million jobs per year for the local economy.
President of Timber Towns- Karen Stephens says ... the industry must clean up their act ...
The Chinese government have suspended Chinese imports into China of logs from Victoria because there's evidence of contamination. And the contamination is a bark beetle, now we have been aware of this for some time so look as President of Timber Towns Victoria we are really calling on the Australian Government. To really enforce this with the industry, that they clean up their act and adhere to the compliance measures set down by China. 75 per cent of our export market in logs is to China. So it's a significant hit to the Victorian economy and to the Green Triangle region. The Green Triangle, that's about $400 million a year in jobs and for our economy, so significant amounts of money and a significant hit for the whole region and the state.
Look I've been dealing with the industry and dealing with a couple of senates and we've been in meetings, and we're just trying to work out how we might turn this around. I think it's going to be a slow turnaround but in the meantime, coming into Christmas the last thing we want is people loosing their jobs. You know individual companies that are exporting to China will have to make those decisions. So it's very, very uneasy waters that we're in at the moment in the timber industry but I must say these are logs only, not chip, but you know, we're calling, Timber Towns Victoria are calling on the government to ensure that the industry clean up its act and make sure that it is compliment for biodiversity aspects for the Timber industry.
The state Government has enacted a hard border closure between with South Australia.