SA Government urged to recognise forest industry essential services in wake COVID-19 restrictions

Australian Forest Products Association SA Branch Manager Leon Rademeyer today urged State Government to recognise the essential services provided by South Australia’s forest industries after further COVID-19 restrictions have been announced over the weekend.

“As a primary producer, the forest industries supply essential products and services to our communities which they will continue to rely on throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Rademeyer said.

“But because our forest industries have a long value chain which is sensitive to disruption, even minor disturbances and restrictions can affect not only the industries, but also the regional and rural communities they underpin.”

Mr Rademeyer said it was imperative for government to recognise the essential services provided by the forest industries as it considers further restrictions to contain COVID-19.

“We look forward to continue working with government in this regard, including ensuring risk mitigation measures across our industry value chain,” Mr Rademeyer said.

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