13 November 2018

Corangamite to benefit from new Australian standard for forest stewardship

The forest and wood products industry in Corangamite stands to benefit from the launch of a new standard for the sustainable management of the nation’s forests.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, and Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, welcomed the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) new National Forest Stewardship Standard launched on Monday, which joins the existing “Responsible Wood” certification standard in providing assurances that Australian wood products are from forests managed to the world’s highest standards.

“This new Australian standard for the FSC certification will provide further assurance to consumers that the wood products they are purchasing from Corangamite and the rest of the nation are from sustainably managed forests.

“Australia’s forest and wood products sector is a great contributor to our nation—through the jobs and wealth the industry creates and its dedication to sustainable production,” Minister Colbeck said.

“Global demand for timber products is projected to quadruple by 2050 and the new Australian FSC Standard will help us tap into this growth market by utilising a globally recognised trust mark for sustainable forest management.

“That is why the Coalition Government contributed $900,000 to the development of both the new FSC standard and the “Responsible Wood” standard.

“These standards will complement our new National Forest Industries Plan, which will help plant a billion new plantation trees to meet future demand and establish research and forestry hubs to help set up the industry for decades to come.”

Ms Henderson said the standard has been welcomed by the region’s forest and wood products industry as it has been jointly agreed by industry, environment and community interests and represents Corangamite’s and Australian needs.

“The greatest economic, social and environmental benefit comes from managing our forests sustainably,” Ms Henderson said.

“Certification is an important part of the Australian forestry sector and demonstrates the strong sustainability credentials of our well-managed forest industries.

“This standard sits alongside the existing “Responsible Wood” certification standard in providing assurances that Australian wood products are from forests managed to the world’s highest standards.

“The forest industry is in a strong position to continue to grow and prosper, and the Coalition Government will be there every step of the way.”

Consumers and producers can read the ‘National Forest Stewardship Standard for Australia’ here: https://au.fsc.org/en-au/standards/forest-management

13 November 2018