Regional Forest Agreement Act 2002

At a rally in front of the Victorian Parliament on February 28, 2002, Timbers workers called for laws to ensure the survival of their industry. Later in the day, the Victorian Prime Minister informed Parliament that he would introduce a new Forest Act to ensure the safety of resources for the forest industry. (40) The government was not required to legislate on minimum amounts of wood. Lindsay Hesketh of the Australian Conservation Foundation said the government was reorganizing the industry and not relying on conservation problems and that sawmills would disappear to feed wood chip exports. (41) (a) The agreement was reached in light of the assessment of aspects relevant to the region or regions: this law can be characterized as the Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002. RFA or Regional Forest Agreement refers to an agreement in force between the Commonwealth and a state with respect to a region or region and is an agreement that meets all the following conditions: (b) the agreement provides for a comprehensive, appropriate and representative reserve system; Personal communication, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, February 2002. The new subsections 11 (2) -3 outline the objectives and functions of the Council. These relate mainly to the Minister`s consultation on the implementation of the action programme for the forestry and timber industries (action agenda) and the fulfilment of the specific tasks assigned to them under the action programme. Other objects and functions focus on linking and cooperating between “different sectors of the forestry and timber industries.” While the content of the RFAs varies somewhat, compensation provisions have been an essential feature of all RFAs, with the exception of East Gippsland. As a general rule, they provide for the Commonwealth to compensate the State concerned, which, as an agent of the person or company that has suffered losses, is compensated in the event of a violation by the Commonwealth, to protect the environment or related values in indigenous forests, the FRG which limits the use of land outside the reserve system or the commercial sale or exploitation of forest products from lands outside the system. (3) The effects of the FRG`s logging operations are not taken into account within the meaning of Section 30 of the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975. (8) In implementing a subsection review (7), the Commission consults with stakeholders in the forestry and forestry industry.

The Victorian forestry industry has projected losses of up to 1,500 jobs (direct and indirect) as a result of the reduction in logging rates. (35) Graeme Gooding of the Victorian Forestry Industries Association said the sector was appalled by the revised figures, but applauded the government for taking action to address the problems when warnings to the previous government were deaf. (36) He stated that instead of reducing slaughter rates, Mr. Bracks should have developed more areas for controlled operation. (37) Senator Ian MacDonald, Federal Minister of Forestry and Conservation, stated that “the Victorian government has put in place a whole new assessment procedure that has removed a very important part of the Victorian forest, which was originally still available, from the land available for logging.” (38) He indicated that the Commonwealth would investigate whether Victoria had breached regional forest agreements. “Investment strategies will already be challenged and industry will seek investment in other countries willing to meet resource commitments and intergovernmental agreements,” he said. (39) In Tasmania, a logging operation managed in accordance with an FRG is not subject to environmental approvals other than those provided by the Environmental and Biodiversity Protection Act, nor to the protection of rare or threatened species listed in the CAR reserve system. The agreement was supplemented in 2007 by a conclusive presumption that “the parties agree that the CAR reserve system established under this