The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has developed a new forest certification standard specifically for Australia to support the sustainable management of forests across the country. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz
FSC Australia’s National Forest Stewardship Standard joins the existing ‘Responsible Wood’ certification standard in ensuring that Australian wood products are from sustainably managed forests. The new standard is effective from 10 February 2019 and within 18 months will supersede all interim FSC standards.
It has been developed over the past five years and has the backing of industry, environmental and community groups. These include New Forests and the Wilderness Society.
The FSC standard includes strong protection for indigenous rights and sacred sites; old growth forests, threatened species and waterways; workers’ health and safety; and maintaining or enhancing the High Conservation Values of forest by taking a precautionary approach.
Nine representatives of environmental, economic and social interests were elected to a “Standard Development Group”, which developed the Australian FSC standard in line with FSC’s international requirements.
The members came from the Institute of Foresters of Australia, Regional Forest Communities (Tim Anderson), the trade union movement, the Wilderness Society, the Hunter Community Environment Centre, the ecologist David Blair, Forestry Tasmania, New Forests and the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA).
FSC sets the standards for sustainable forestry, but independent auditors assess forest managers against these standards and award the relevant certification if the standards are met.
The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, whose portfolio covers forestry, said global demand for timber products was projected to quadruple by 2050.
“The new Australian FSC standard will help us tap into this growth market by utilising a globally recognised trust mark for sustainable forest management,” he said.
“Australia now has two national standards aligned to the two global certification schemes, PEFC and FSC, which have been specifically tailored to Australia’s unique conditions and high-quality regulatory framework.”
AFPA chief executive, Ross Hampton, said consumers were now more acutely aware than ever about where products come from and how they are produced, and “rightly so”.
“Our renewable forestry industries need to be at the forefront of responsible and respected certification processes to instil confidence in consumers that the products they buy are sustainably produced,” he said.
From February 10, FSC certified forest managers have 12 months to implement the new standard. Within this 12-month phase-in period, the FSC managers can choose to be audited against their current forest management standard or the new National Forest Management Standard.
After the 12-month period, all certificate holders must be evaluated against the new standard. By 10 August 2020 – 18 months after the effective start date – all certificates under the old interim standards will be invalid.
By this time, all forest management certificates must have undergone an audit under the new standard.
In the hope to address the power imbalance between dairy farmers and processors, the first of 14 nationwide meetings on the proposed mandatory Code of Conduct was held in Devonport, Tas.
Dairy farmers, processors and representatives discussed a range of issues including dispute resolution processes, contract requirements and transition periods.
Tasmania Farmer and Graziers Association (TFGA) Dairy Council’s Andrew Lester said the TFGA wanted to see a regulatory impact statement “so we can actually assess the costs and impacts on farmers at farmgate, and that hasn’t been done as yet".
"Until that has been done and there has been more consultation around the industry we can’t make a clear determination,” he said.
“We need to realise that a mandatory code will come with some costs and the industry-developed voluntary code may be able to deliver those same benefits.
“The costs of record keeping, administration, disputes and all those sorts of costs will be bared back to the farmer or the processor.”
Mr Lester said after speaking with multiple farmers, there was a lot of different views.
“Different people supply different companies, so it’s difficult to understand everyone's point of view all the time, but it’s good to hear from different people,” he said.
“It’s clear that some people do think the code of conduct will fix the milk price and that’s clearly not the case. It’s about fairness between processors and farmers. It won’t actually do anything for milk price, so it’s important people understand that.”
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said there was great discussion happening at the meeting.
"We are looking to understand from growers how they see this process, one of the things that goes back a long while in my mind… is how do you balance the perception of imbalance of power between growers and processors,” he said.
“This process is about sitting down with the dairy farmers and letting them have their say, as a part of a development of the code.”
A new national standard will ensure Australian wood products are sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Assistant minister for agriculture Richard Colbeck says the new standard will ensure sustainability is central to Australia's forest and wood products sector.
Global demand for timber products is expected to quadruple by 2050, Mr Colbeck says.
"The new Australian FSC standard will help us tap into this growth market by utilising a globally recognised trust mark for sustainable forest management," he said in a statement on Monday.
"Consumers are increasingly aware of, and interested in, the origins of the products they buy and the processes that go into making them."
ONE hundred knitted and crocheted poppies will create a field of remembrance at Sunday’s service at Port Sorell to honour the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
About 3000 Tasmanians were killed in the war but it is hard to know exactly how many from the Port Sorell area made the ultimate sacrifice, with many of those who enlisted doing so in nearby towns such as Latrobe and Devonport.
The Simplot potato processing plant at Ulverstone has a strong chance of securing a $12 million grant from the federal government to go towards an expansion of its operations.
Assistant agriculture and water resources minister Richard Colbeck said Simplot had been selected to go through to submit a full business case for final assessment and there were 12 others around Australia who had done the same.
Senator Colbeck said industry, science and technology minister Karen Andrews toured the facility to gain an understanding of the importance of the potential $12 million investment, which will unlock a further $37.1 million investment from Simplot in Ulverstone.
Two rifles used in the Vietnam War have been acquired by Wynyard RSL.
The M16 L1A1s will be exhibited in the RSL’s military history museum among its collection of medals, memorabilia and historic weaponry.
Wynyard RSL president Gavin Pearce said the M16s marked a “paradigm shift” in weaponry as warfare moved from trenches to the close contact of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
“We needed a shorter, more robust, more utilitarian weapons system that was easy to operate, that stood up to the rigors that that jungle warfare provided,” he said.
A Tranter revolver carried by a World War One serviceman and a Lee-Enfield rifle dug up in Belgium has also been donated to the RSL.
The M16s were presented to the RSL on Tuesday by Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck on behalf of the Department of Defence.
Senator Colbeck said it was important people at a local level had the opportunity to understand and commemorate the history of Australian conflicts.
“It’s not about glorifying or anything of that nature,” Senator Colbeck said.
“It’s very much about commemoration, remembering what’s occurred and paying respect to those that carried these weapons...”
Mr Pearce said the RSL needed to be a bastion of history and tell the story of the weapons, who carried them and why they were needed.
“Not so much what this weapon did specifically but what it represented to our soldiers and the way that warfare has changed over the years,” he said.
Wynyard RSL acquired the M16 for $660.
Devonport will host the first dairy code consultation.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed the beginning of the consultation process around a proposed mandatory Code of Conduct for the dairy industry.
“North-West Tasmania is dairy heartland and the perspectives of farmers here matter a great deal when it comes to future decisions made for the industry,” Assistant Minister Colbeck said.
“I encourage all dairy farmers in the region to come along and have their voices heard.”
All interested parties are invited to come along to the Devonport RSL at 11:30am Thursday 8 November. Further information can be found athttps://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/dairy-code-conduct.
The Coalition continues to work towards the provision of more affordable and secure energy with the release of our plan last week.
Our plan will help families with the cost of living, support small businesses and help Australia’s economy. We will:
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck co-chaired the recent Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC) meeting in Melbourne to discuss the implementation of the government’s National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a better Australia.
“The government has invested $20 million to the delivery of the National Forest Industries Plan and industry knows just how important it is to the growth of the renewable timber and wood-fibre industry,” Minister Colbeck said.
“FIAC is a key mechanism to have informed industry input into government policies and programs, and the implementation of the plan was top of the agenda.
The Federal Government has foreshadowed a tough approach towards retailers who refuse to sell goods certified under the internationally recognised Australian Forestry Standard (AFS). Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz
The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said last week he was frustrated with some of the major retailers “who seem to think they can pick and choose between forestry standards”.
An “ordinary bloke from the bush” is hoping to knock Labor’s Justine Keay from her seat in the upcoming federal election.
Wynyard man Gavin Pearce was preselected as Liberal candidate for Braddon on Saturday.
“This is a guy who brings significant attributes to the electorate,” he said.
“… (Mr Pearce) will find many, many ways to make connections with this community because he is a local, he’s of the community and he is someone who I think people will be very, very confident in having as their representative in Canberra because he’s experienced so many things that are important to them and those things are also important to him.”
Tasmanian small businesses may pay less tax sooner – but only if Labor supports the government’s tax legislation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced legislation will be introduced in the next session of parliament to fast-track business tax relief for more than three million businesses.
Senator Richard Colbeck said a small business, such as an independent supermarket or a hotel, that made $500,000 profit, would have an additional $7,500 in 2020-21 and $12,500 in 2021-22 to invest back into the business or staff, or help to manage cash flow.
The next big breakthrough in the agriculture industry is one step closer with national grants valued at $22,000 available.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said research into improving primary industries would allow the state to compete on the world stage and create jobs in the region.
“I encourage young Tasmanians looking to build their future in agricultural science to apply - you might be able to make the next game-changing discovery in your field,” he said.
FRESH from announcing the National Forest Industries Plan in Canberra, Senator Richard Colbeck, as minister responsible for forestry,
will deliver the opening keynote address at the DANA Australian forest and wood products conference in Launceston on October 9.
The conference and field trip in and around Launceston from October 9 to11 is shaping up to better the eight previous DANA-organised conferences in Australia.
Devonport and Burnie Men’s Sheds have both been awarded grants, which will ensure the sheds can keep updated in the future.
“This week is Men’s Shed Week, and I encourage men to get down to their local sheds and enjoy what these great community groups have to offer,” Senator Colbeck said.
Work has commenced on the $4.1 million Wild Mersey Mountain Bike project, which will connect Latrobe, Railton and Sheffield with over 100 kilometres of world-class trails.
The multi-year development has been a collaboration between the Kentish and Latrobe councils with funding help from both state and federal government.
“WE know the government wants to be sure that its goal of a billion trees becomes a reality and not just a slogan and we look forward to helping ensure that the measures are indeed now put in place which will deliver the right trees in the right places at the right scale.”
AUSSIE authorities have been granted beefed-up powers to stop unsafe foods from entering the country.
The reforms come three years after dozens of dozens of people contracted hepatitis from imported frozen berries.
“All Coalition commitments made during the Braddon by-election are being delivered, and clubs and individuals have received letters from the Minister to that effect.”
“There is a process to follow to ensure proper management of taxpayer funds but all promises will be delivered as soon as possible and in accordance with good governance practices.”
Fighter for the forest industry Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck has been returned as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water in the new Scott Morrison government – a role that carries responsibility for the forest sector.
Senator Colbeck, 60, replaces SA Liberal senatorAnne Ruston who takes over the Assistant Minister forInternational Development and the Pacific portfolio from NSW Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck completed an amazing return when he was sworn in to the Morrison Government ministry.
Senator Colbeck was sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources at the Government House ceremony on Tuesday.
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck says he is delighted and honoured to have been elevated to the federal ministry by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The new assistant minister for agriculture and water resources said he was looking forward to working with farmers and forestry, particularly given the East Coast drought.
Premier Will Hodgman has welcomed as good news for Tasmania the appointment of Senator Richard Colbeck as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.
“Senator Colbeck has been a passionate advocate for Tasmania, and particularly our state's vital agricultural sector, over many years,” Mr Hodgman said.
A Northern Tasmanian farmer has lashed out at McCain over contract potato pricing, as the consumer watchdog begins its investigation into the vegetable processor.
The investigation by the ACCC has been welcomed by Tasmanian Senator Richard Colbeck, who has worked with growers on similar issues in the past.
Op-Ed: Senator Richard Colbeck
We all remember the dark days pre-2013 when Labor and the Greens were working together at the state level and in Canberra in a way that put out the Tasmania “closed for business” sign.
What a change of attitude we see today with the benefit of stable majority governments at state and national level, both promoting pro-business policies designed to build a strong economy.
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has announced an MOU between Thales Australia, the University of Tasmania, Australian Maritime College and AMOG Consulting to establish a state-of-the-art trials and test facility for submarine and surface ship sonar systems.
Tasmania has made significant improvements in the Defence Force industry says Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.
Mr Pyne toured Devonport’s Delta Hydraulics, who recently signed a 40-year contract to be part of the sustainment and maintenance of the Collins class sonar upgrade.
A mining operation on Tasmania's west coast will soon breathe again after ceasing production, with work set to start on extracting gold, silver, lead and zinc from tailings.
About 50 jobs and significant environmental benefits are expected from a North-West minerals project expected to start production in September or October.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed on the streets of Burnie, Somerset and Wynyard as part of a federal government safety program.
Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the federal government would allocate $134,000 to Waratah-Wynyard Council and $60,000 to the Burnie City Council from the Safer Communities Fund.
On Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop announced Direct Edge Manufacturing had been pre-qualified to provide sheet metal products for the construction of “Hunter class” naval frigates.
Direct Edge chief executive Di Edgerton said the company currently employed more than 45 people, and would require an extra 25 workers to deliver the contract.
Tasmania has plenty of potential for more wind farms, the proponent of a West Coast wind project says. Construction will start at the end of the month after the project secured financial close with the help of $59 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
An Ulverstone-based company is gearing up to design and construct a $50 million research facility on Macquarie Island.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck said the downgrade of the DCCI event to a “working lunch” showed what businesses thought of Mr Shorten.
“Businesses are voting with their feet on Mr Shorten’s higher taxing agenda”, Senator Colbeck said.
Latrobe’s Psychology CAFFE will receive $1.6 million from the federal government’s $4.8 million package for mental health in the North-West.
An advanced welding training centre to help North-West businesses be more competitive in international markets will be established in South Burnie.
The federal government will spend $700,000 to improve the ailing telecommunications infrastructure on the West Coast.
Braddon Labor candidate Justine Keay has had to defend Labor’s tax policy after Opposition Labor Leader Bill Shorten promised to repeal some of the government’s company tax cuts.
A Senate Committee will conduct an inquiry into the pet food industry, after several dogs have allegedly died after eating Advance Dermocare, among other brands. Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Richard Colbeck, is on the committee conducting the inquiry, and says that it is vitally important because ‘pets are part of the family.’
The first stage of the government's tax cuts plan has been approved with full support and Liberal members were in Ulverstone on Friday to discuss their impact on Braddon workers.
Devonport and the Coast is in mourning after the death of an admired and respected former mayor. Tributes are flowing for Mary Binks, OAM, who died at her home on Tuesday.
Ulverstone Neighbourhood House is set to receive a PV solar system with a grant from the federal government. The $7,827 grant from the solar communities program will reduce the powerbills of the house, allowing the money saved to go back into the organisation. Ulverstone Neighborhood House manager Simon Douglas said the Men’s Shed received a system the same size and now they are saving $2,000 a year on power bills.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has taken some of the credit for increased exports from the Harvest Moon vegetable processing facility in Forth.
Britton Timbers will employ an additional five people upon the completion of its High Value Timber Drying Improvement Project. Expected to be completed by the end of the year, the works have also created five jobs throughout construction. Britton Timbers director Shawn Britton met with Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck and Candidate for Braddon Brett Whiteley to discuss the industry boost on Monday, a product of a two-year research study at the University of Tasmania.
The Federal Government has announced it will spend $20 million on the war against fruit fly in Tasmania. But some fear the money has come too late and will not be spent on the frontline workers needed to detect the pest. A fruit fly incursion was recorded in the state's north in January.
A Tasmanian senator has called on his Liberal colleagues in the Hodgman government to “take the lead” in lobbying Qantas to establish a new pilot training college at Devonport Airport. Senator Richard Colbeck wants there to be a “whole of state approach” to attracting the training college to Tasmania, which he says would distinguish the state from mainland bids.
The Federal Government will allocate $461 million in tomorrow's budget to build a new Bridgewater Bridge downriver from the current one in Hobart's north. The pledge for a long-awaited replacement bridge linking the Brooker and Midland highways is part of a massive $920 million package for the state.
Tasmanian producers are on a collision course with Europe over the use of product names like feta and parmesan. The European Union wants Australian companies banned from using a range of product names which originated in Europe as the early negotiations on an Australia-EU free trade agreement approach.
Construction of phone towers in North-West Coast mobile black spot areas is expected to start before the end of the year. Areas at Gunns Plains, Yolla, Sulphur Creek and Devonport will receive better phone and internet coverage, as part of the federal government’s $220 million black spot program. Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck visited Gunns Plains to make the announcement on Thursday.
The Coalition has detailed its plan to boost Tasmania’s infrastructure with a $920.8 million cash injection, which one senator says will facilitate the biggest infrastructure project in the state since dams were constructed in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck added his opinion to the debate of how football can be in Tasmania on Thursday, believing the AFL Steering Committee is disconnected from the community they are trying to save.