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NSW GOVERNMENT TO REGROW FORESTRY INDUSTRY FOLLOWING CATASTROPHIC BUSHFIRES
Bombala is among a number of areas across the State that is set to benefit as the NSW Government embarks on the largest replanting program in the state’s history, beginning with an injection of $46 million into Forestry Corporation.
Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said more than 10 million new shoots would be planted over the next 12 months across NSW.
“The forestry industry was devastated by an unprecedented bushfire season, with more than 50,000 hectares of the state’s pine plantations burnt,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Bombala was among the areas hit, with around 30 per cent of the local plantation area impacted.
“Thanks to the $46 million stimulus funding we are able to give the replanting efforts a real kick-start. Across the state this means more than 14.5 million trees will be replanted yearly from 2021, a massive 40 per cent increase on 2019 plantings.
“In Bombala this will see 1 million softwood seedlings planted. This investment will get us back to pre-bushfire levels of stocked trees in state-owned pine plantations within a decade.”
Mr Barilaro said the stimulus funding will also support new contracts and job opportunities and rebuild lost infrastructure.
“NSW’s forestry industry supports around 23,000 direct jobs and many more indirect jobs and they’ve had a really tough start to the year, so we are showing our support by ramping-up our efforts to get the industry back on track,” Mr Barilaro said.
Forestry Corporation of NSW provides about 25 per cent of the timber needed for housing construction across the country, as well as a significant proportion of the fibre used for food packaging, including cardboard.
Additional support for the NSW forestry industry has also been made available through the $140 million bushfire recovery package announced last month by the NSW Government.