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A timber processing industry is growing in Australia and the process of destroying trees for the timber industry is now on the rise.
The Australian Government’s forestry and agricultural sectors are now the biggest in the world, with an estimated $9.4 billion worth of timber processing activity.
As well as being responsible for the destruction of trees for timber processing companies the government also takes a cut of the revenue.
For instance, the Department of Agriculture has been accused of being a cash cow for timber processors by some environmentalists who claim the government has not done enough to tackle the issue of the degradation of Australian forests.
In the face of these allegations, the government is now working on a plan to tackle timber processing.
Currently, only a small number of timber processors are licensed, and most of the rest are small-scale.
A key part of the plan will be a change to the current licensing process, in which only a handful of large-scale processors will be able to operate within Australia.
Under the plan, large- and small- scale processors will have to be approved by the government.
This will allow them to operate more efficiently and to comply with government regulations and guidelines.
This change will be phased in over a period of time and will ensure that the government does not have a direct influence on the companies operating within Australia, according to the Department’s website.
However, many environmentalists argue that the changes are not enough and they fear the changes will further damage the environment and local communities.
They have also claimed the changes, which include a requirement for all new logging operations to be certified, are “disproportionately expensive” for farmers and businesses in rural areas.
“This means logging operations will need to increase the number of employees they employ,” according to a submission by the Sustainable Forestry and Food Security Council (SFFSC).
“The costs of the licensing process will be disproportionately borne by farmers and small businesses in small and remote communities, particularly in the remote communities where logging operations are likely to have the highest impact on local wildlife and food sources.”
This could be because loggers are required to buy timber at much higher prices than other industries.
While the changes have been proposed in the national forest management plan, they have yet to be implemented.
Forestry Minister Stuart Ayres said that the change was “not just for the sake of the forests, it’s for the benefit of all Australians”.
“We need to get back to the way that the country was a century ago, when we had great timber processing on a local level, but also the way we want it to be again,” he said.
‘You can’t live on the land if you don’t get the right products to sell to the market’ “I don’t think we should be living on the ground unless we are able to provide a good product for the market,” Mr Ayres added.
But the plan has been criticised by the Australian Forestry Union, which said that it was unfair for large-and-small processors to be able only to operate in a small area.
It said that logging is not a sustainable industry.
And the Forest Industry Association (FIRA) said that there are “many more jobs that would be lost” if the plan was implemented.
“If you cannot deliver the products that you need to sell, then you can’t sustainably live on a land,” the group said.