24 May 2021
The NSW Government is encouraging members of the community and stakeholders to have their say on a review of NSW Plantations and Reforestation legislation which aims to modernise the regulation of plantation forestry in the State.
Deputy Director General Forestry & Land Reform, Dave McPherson, said the NSW Government is committed to periodic reviews of the Plantations and Reafforestation Act and the associated Code as part of the NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap.
“I would encourage anyone who is interested to have their say on this review: Plantation forests are a key component of our timber supply chain which provides a reliable and ecologically sustainable source of timber for our communities,” he said.
“Plantation forests absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere and importantly provide long term job opportunities in regional communities.
“The NSW Government regulates and supports plantation establishment and management operations on both Crown land, including State forests, and freehold land.
“The review also provides an opportunity for private landholders considering plantation forestry as a viable and attractive investment option to become more involved and have their voices heard.
“Well planned plantations, strategically placed in the landscape and managed in line with Ecologically Sustainable Forestry Management (ESFM) principles, can provide biodiversity and carbon benefits, improve air, soil and water quality and salinity mitigation.”
Mr McPherson said plantations in NSW operate under best practice guidelines consistent with a national framework to which all states and territories subscribe.
“The ongoing legislative reform process taking place in forestry will ensure a modernised regulatory environment. It considers changes in technology, demand for timber, environment protection, availability of scarce resources, community attitudes and expectations, business needs, and commitment to better regulation and reducing red tape,” he said.
The Department of Primary Industries will be conducting targeted consultation with stakeholders as part of the legislation review.
Details about the review are available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/forestry
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