 Comprehensive forestry report not backed by Guy Barnett
 Industry and Government divided over future of the sector
 Labor will work with the industry to see the report implemented

Unlike the Liberal Party, Labor has welcomed the Strategic Growth Plan for the Tasmanian Forests, Fine Timber and Wood Fibre Industry.

The report is the result of nearly three years of work by the Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry but was quietly uploaded to a government website on Thursday.

Labor Shadow Minister for Forests David Llewellyn questioned why the report had been disowned by the Minister for Forests, Guy Barnett.

“It speaks volumes that the Government was not prepared to launch the report with fanfare,” Mr Llewellyn said.

“This report is the forest industry’s blueprint for a positive future.

“It contains many constructive suggestions to grow the forest industry in a sustainable, constructive way.

“It stands in stark contrast to the divisive and un-consultative approach adopted by the Liberal Government.

“Given Mr Barnett’s fractured relationship with the forest industry, it is little wonder he has tried to bury this plan.

“Labor congratulates the authors of the Strategic Growth Plan and looks forward to working with industry to see it implemented.”

LINK: http://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/148855/Strategic_Growth_Plan.PDF