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FFIC Media Release - Forestry CRC Vital to Forestry Future

Friday, September 02, 2011:

The Chairman of the Forests and Forest Industry Council of Tasmania, Rob Woolley, has called for a review of the Australian Government’s decision to cut funding for the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Forestry.

Mr Woolley who is a Director of the CRC, said the Forests and Forest Industry Council of Tasmania was also a CRC partner and that’s its broad stakeholder group would be ‘extremely disappointed’ with the Federal decision.

“The future of Tasmanian forestry is in the balance at the moment. To forge a sustainable, science-based future, continuance of the valuable work of the CRC is vital.” 

Mr Woolley said the CRC played a crucial role in research and development, the importance of which was exemplified by the positive role forestry can play in mitigating the effects of climate change.

“Research and Development must play a central role as Tasmania’s forest industry is restructured as a result of the recent State and Federal Intergovernmental Agreement. 

I would urge the Federal Government to think again about the implications of cutting CRC funding in the context of the need to create a robust, science-driven forest industry for Tasmania.” 


More Information:
Rob Woolley (0414 508 130)
Chairman
Forests and Forest Industry Council of Tasmania


www.thenewforestindustry.com.au 
Forests and Forest Industry Council
Ph: 61(0)3 62336510 Fax: 61(0)3 6224 0599
Level 5-2 Kirksway Place Battery Point Tasmania 7004

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