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Scientists say NSW Forestry Bill will not achieve positive outcome for farmers or the environment

The Institute of Foresters of Australia has joined the chorus of concerns from all sectors of the scientific community with a scathing assessment of the NSW Government’s Draft Native Forestry Bill 2017.

National President of the Institute of Foresters of Australia Mr Bob Gordon said, ‘Our members work across the full spectrum of forestry from parks and conservation management to timber production and processing as well as research and academia and as such, we can provide authoritative and independent advice on forest science and management – if we are given the opportunity.

‘The Institute has serious concerns about the Bill which includes discretionary clauses such as “…if the regulatory authority considers…” and “…for any reason the regulatory authority thinks appropriate…” and terms such as “material”, defined only as “not trivial”.

‘The NSW Government has stated support for a sustainable native forest timber industry and flagged the importance of a viable private native forest resource in the future of that industry, but this draft Bill will achieve the exact opposite by laying red tape upon red tape backed up by thinly veiled threats of punitive fines to landholders.

Read more on the IFA Media Release

Media contact: Bob Gordon 02 6153 3044 or 0400 980 297