Manjimup locals plea with Mark McGowan for help with trouble-plagued native logging transition plan

By Georgia Hargreaves
ABC News, Australia
August 28, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Wayne Herdigan

Timber communities in Western Australia’s South West region say they are fed up with the Forestry Minister’s handling of a transition away from native forest logging and are pleading for the Premier to intervene.  The McGowan government’s Just Transition Plan was enacted after it announced it would ban the logging of native forests by 2024.  …But several business owners have criticised the way the plan is being implemented and are calling for extra funding, better consultation with locals and more clarity about the future timber supply. Wayne Herdigan is a Wadandi-Bibbulman elder living in Manjimup, a town at the heart of WA’s timber industry.  He has been part of the hardwood timber industry for more than 55 years and now owns a small logging and firewood business.  …Mr Herdigan said he would like to see the Forestry Minister Dave Kelly visit Manjimup and hold a public meeting with affected business owners.

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