AFPA’s SA Branch today welcomed the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub’s $1b sustainable growth plan as “a major confidence booster for the region and its people.”
SA Branch Manager Leon Rademeyer said the GTFIH’s Action Agenda is set to play a significant role in ensuring the long-term sustainability and prosperity of the Green Triangle forest industries.
“Our forest industries are embedded in local communities and it is locally where the Action Agenda’s outcomes promise to make a difference,” Mr Rademeyer said.
“These outcomes do not only include job creation and a commitment to local processing, but also skills development, training and providing local communities with essential building materials and other products they use daily.”
Mr Rademeyer said increasing Australia’s plantation estate remained a crucial factor in ensuring the industry’s long-term sustainability and that the Action Agenda’s goal of 200m new trees by 2030 should go a long way in achieving that.
“Essentially it means the GTFIH plans to contribute 20% to Federal Government’s national growth target of a billion new trees in the next decade, which is commendable,” he said.