Raw log direct exports limit regional timber processors’ growth potential

MEMBER for Barker Tony Pasin has warned in parliament South East regional timber processors are stymied for growth because of the ongoing direct export of raw logs to overseas processors.

Addressing the House of Representatives last week, Mr Pasin said prospects for growth in the processing industry in forestry regions are currently limited by the lack of access to domestic log supply – “not because we do not have access to that resource, but because we are exporting that resource in the form of raw logs directly to overseas processors”.

He said last year in the Green Triangle more than 1.7 million

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