Forestry inquiry submissions close this month

The last of the burnt log to be given to Hyne Mill in Tumbarumba was delivered earlier this month.

Timber-dependent communities and forestry stakeholders are being encouraged to make their voices heard by providing a submission to a parliamentary inquiry examining the future of the industry.

Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Paul Scully, who was instrumental in establishing the inquiry, said it was a once in a generation opportunity.

“The parliamentary inquiry into the long-term sustainability and future of the forestry and timber industry is the first major review in NSW for over 20 years,” Mr Scully said.

“Fires and drought have had a major impact on the plantation estate and private native forestry in NSW. Now we’re paying the price of more expensive timber because of the critical shortage in supply.

“Timber suppliers across the state from regions like Dubbo to Kemps Creek, in south-western Sydney, are reporting a shortage of timber for house frames, decking and other hardwood product finishes. We’re also hearing of construction delays as a result of these supply issues.

“The last logging truck with salvaged logs from the 2019/20 bushfires was waved into the Hyne Mill at Tumbarumba on May 4 this year,” he said.

Mr Scully said the parliamentary inquiry would help better understand the projections for softwood and hardwood supply and demand, transparent reporting of the timber supply, and future sustainable opportunities for the timber and forest products industries.

“This inquiry is necessary to support the timber industry, businesses and workers in the future,” Mr Scully added.

Submissions close on Friday, May 28 and can be made online.