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State rejects help for timber industry

Western Australia's native timber industry has expressed shock at the state government's blanket rejection of requests for financial assistance, predicting job losses and mill closures will result.

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Perth
Good on Terry Redman. Big companies unsustainably trashing our forests with practices like clearfelling needs to end. If there is a sustainable forest industry without accessing high conservation value and old growth forests, by small businesses producing high value products, then good luck to them. If you are a non-essential industry and can't manage your own business risk, too bad.

BUSSELTON
Excellent news! The government has been losing money supplying the timber industry while the FPC has been logging the remainder of the forest at an unsustainable level. All logging of native forest should now cease.

Bunbury
Yes I don't know why it is that we (the tax payers) supported an industry that has been running at a loss since God knows when. I demand my money go somewhere where it is wisely spent and might even give a return, rather than supporting an industry that constantly demands propping up. When it comes to aid for third world countries, it's obvious that the wisest investment is in education so people can help themselves - not permanent aid where the communities aren't educated to help themselves become independant.

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