Liberal Party's official forest policy
Below is a press release announcing the Liberal Party's forest policy for the November 2002 Victorian State Election.
Critical here is the Liberal's commitment to support all five Victorian Regional Forest Agreements (highlighted by OREN in red). This includes the West Regional Forest Agreement which covers the Otways. By supporting the West Regional Forest Agreement the Liberals supported clearfell logging in the Otways until at least 2020.
THE LIBERAL PLAN FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTS
The Liberal Party is committed to a long term and sustainable Victorian forestry industry, based on the harvest of both regrowth forest and plantation timber.
The Victorian timber industry is an important part of the Victorian economy and needs certainty based on science, not uncertainty based on politics.
In contrast, the Bracks Government has demonstrated during the last three years that it is not committed to the industry's long term sustainability.
Proper management is the key to improving the sustainability of Victoria's regrowth forests.
The Liberal Party's Forest policy, released today, is a practical plan to ensure certainty in the timber industry. The plan includes:
We are committed to better management practices, which improve the quality of the resource for the future.
The Liberal Party will create a climate of certainty
for the long term security of timber
Our plan stands in contrast with the Labor Party, which
has maintained a short-term, politically driven approach to the sustainability
of Victoria's forests.
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