‘We want answers’: Logging industry claim they’ve been blindsided by native forestry ban
The logging industry will meet on Monday morning to discuss the Western Australian government’s snap decision to ban the logging of native forests.
The McGowan government made the announcement during the handing down of the state budget last week.
Under the decision, logging of native forests in Western Australia’s South West will be banned from 2024, a move that’s been praised by environmental groups.
However, fifth-generation logging contractor Bernie Dawson says the industry has been blindsided and there’s a lot very unhappy people.
“We just don’t understand,” he told Liam Bartlett on 6PR Mornings.
“Over the last twenty years we were promised a sustainable timber industry, and the government hasn’t delivered on that.”
A snap meeting of logging stakeholders has been scheduled at the Manjimup Town Hall Meeting on Monday morning.
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