Have Your Say On Forestry's RFA
The forestry industry and local communities can have a say on the renewal of the North East Regional Forest Agreement (RFA).
Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, said the forestry sector is critical to the region as it provides many hundreds of local jobs and supplies a diverse range of high quality, renewable materials for the furnishing, home building and construction industries.
“The North East Regional Forest Agreement is due to expire over the coming years and a formal process has commenced, in partnership with the Australian Government, to renew and improve the Agreements for a further 20 years,” Mrs Pavey said.
“A key part of the process for renewing the RFAs is to hear from local stakeholders on what the RFA’s should say looking forward in time.”
People can have their say at www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/have-your-say/ or on the DPI website.
The NSW and Australian governments will also host drop-in information sessions across the state to provide local communities with further information on the process and to offer an opportunity to share their input.
In the mid-north coast region, sessions* are being held at:
- Coffs Harbour, Wednesday 7 February
- Bulahdelah, Thursday 8 February
The RFAs underpin the sustainable management of native forests, industry supply, and compliance and development activities.
“The current RFAs were developed almost 20 years ago and Government is committed to working closely with local stakeholders to ensure the needs of industry, the community and the environment are met for the decades to come.”
Consultation on renewal of the RFAs is being undertaken at the same time as a review of the implementation of the three NSW RFAs between 2009 and 2014, including the release of a comprehensive report about their performance.
Further information on the renewal process and the RFAs is available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au with submissions closing on Monday 12 March 2018.