State of the Forests Tasmania report released

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017

A new report shows there has been a growth of 1000 full-time equivalent jobs in the forestry industry over three years even though the overall sector now represents just 1.6 per cent of total jobs in Tasmania.

This is compared to 5 per cent a decade ago.

Resources Minister Guy Barnett took the data presented in the 2017 State of the Forests report as evidence the sector was rebounding but the Greens believed the figures did not add up.

The report stated in May 2016, there were 3658 full-time equivalent people employed in the forestry sector.

Resources Minister Guy Barnett said the document confirmed that forest productions and jobs had grown under the last government term.

"With wood being increasingly recognised worldwide as one of the most environment and climate-friendly products to use in building and a range of uses, we should be proud of being one of the world’s most responsible and sustainable producers of timber products," Mr Barnett said.

Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed there were less than 2500 people in the sector.

She said though the industry had grown in the plantation sector, it had declined in the native forest area.

The report noted that the private hardwood plantation pulpwood production had increased from about 200,000 tonnes in 2011 to 1.7 million tonnes in 2016.

This increased its value tenfold to $149 million.

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Source: The Advocate

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