The Forestry (Unlocking Production Forests) Bill 2017 was passed by the lower house late last night and will now go to the Legislative Council for debate. For an overview of the key changes proposed by the Bill, you can read our summary.
The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania has criticised the legislation, challenging the rationale for making reserved forests available and the methodology used by Forestry Tasmania to determine access. Read more on FIAT’s views here.
For a critique of the impacts of the proposal to open up FPPF Land on Forestry Tasmania’s bid for Forest Stewardship Council certification, click here.
The Bill, second reading speech and clause notes are available here.