19 July 2016: Reaching agreement about short-term durability

The Forest Industry Taskforce Core Group met again for a further two days in Parkville on 13 and 14 July.

The purpose of these two day-long workshops was to further progress the mid-year report to the Premier, and further investigate and agree pathways for short-term durability.

In the context of reaching durable outcomes through consensus decision-making, the Core Group has reached further agreement about opportunities for change, and relevant processes for these.

The Core Group built on work done in the June Taskforce workshops, considering information and areas of agreement for a series of opportunities for change.

In line with the Taskforce Terms of Reference, these opportunities for change discuss the establishment of new parks and reserves, threatened species, wood supply security, industry investment and growth, carbon, jobs and regional employment, regulatory revision and reform, the future shape of the industry and the future shape of conservation and the parks system.

With the support of the Secretariat, the facilitation team, and the independent Chair, Professor Don Henry, the Core Group is progressing resolution of the mid-year report, and of short-term durability concerns.

The Core Group will meet again this week.