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Jacki Schirmer Report

Native forestry’s importance to Tasmania’s economy highlighted in new report
A new report, authored by Jacki Schirmer and released by the Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry last week, highlights the importance of the forest industry to Tasmania’s economy, employment and regional areas.

The report emphasises the significance of native forestry in particular to the industry and the State’s employment figures. Data shows the native forest sector makes up 63 per cent of forest industry jobs.

The report also confirmed that the contribution the forest industry is making to Tasmania’s regional areas is vital. Many areas such as Dorset, Kentish and the Derwent valley were found to rely heavily on forest industry employment to support their economies.

It provides accurate but conservative direct employment data, which should be looked at in a broader context. By applying the accepted multipliers for indirect employment, total employment dependent on the forest sector would be about double that quoted in the Schirmer report.

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