This must be the first time in my 40 year career as a forester that I’ve heard farm foresters openly complaining about Government control of forestry markets in Australia.
This is a unique event.
Hopefully this is the beginning of the major reform of the forest industry that is so desperately needed in Australia.
We really need to keep this discussion going.
And it’s not just about softwood prices.
It’s also about native forest log prices, and markets, transparency and competition.
It’s also about Government forest policy which is firmly focused on subsidising sawmills, and not about profitable tree growers.
This is true right around Australia!
I wish the WA farmers luck in their discussions with the State Government.
Even if you don’t succeed initially, keep the discussion going. Keep the campaign alive.
The fact that here we have farmers wanting to grow trees for wood production and yet we have Government policy directly hindering their efforts is beyond madness.