Forestry Round Table with Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Hon Darren Chester MP and Melina Bath MP

The GF Hub held a round table forum with The Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, The Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, Member for Eastern Victoria region Melina Bath and the Gippsland forestry hub committee members this week with discussions around the support for Victoria’s sustainable native and plantation timber industry.

The meeting was held at the new Gippsland Forestry Hub office in Churchill in which we discussed how the Hub’s future strategies will support the native timber and plantation industries and the importance of all timber jobs to Gippsland’s economy.

The GF Hub committee discussed the importance of getting more trees in the ground as per the National Forest Industries Plan: Growing a Better Australia – A Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth. The Plan ambitiously aims to deliver a billion new trees over the next decade (including 400,000 new hectares of plantations nationally) to meet a projected fourfold increase in global demand for timber and wood fibre products by 2050. This translates to planting the right trees, at the right scale, in the right places.