Photo taken in early 2011, before the Coalition took power. From left Grafton timber miller Spiro Notaras, the then opposition spokesperson for natural resources Katrina Hodgkinson (now NSW Primary Industries Minister) and former Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell.
Photo taken in early 2011, before the Coalition took power. From left Grafton timber miller Spiro Notaras, the then opposition spokesperson for natural resources Katrina Hodgkinson (now NSW Primary Industries Minister) and former Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell. ADAM HOURIGAN

Timber workshop tonight

CLARENCE MP Chris Gulaptis is encouraging local timber and forestry industry stakeholders to attend a regional timber industry workshop in Grafton tonight at South Grafton Services Club in Wharf Street between 5pm and 8pm.
Mr Gulaptis said the event has been organised with the assistance of the NSW Government through NSW Trade & Investment.
"The North Coast Timber/Forestry Program is a joint initiative of NSW Trade & Investment and Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers, and the Local Employment Coordinator for the Federal Government's Building Australia's Future Workforce package," Mr Gulaptis said.
"Forestry and timber is a critical sector for the Northern Rivers economy and this workshop offers a vital opportunity for government representatives and industry stakeholders to come together in support of a sustainable future for the sector.
"The workshop is intended to match industry stakeholders with government services and programs, an approach being trialled to see if it can be applied to other industry sectors.
"The workshop has been informed by an issues paper developed by Regional Development Australia-Northern Rivers and Northern NSW Forestry Services in consultation with a representative sample of key timber industry businesses in the region.
"Some of the issues expected to be raised in discussion include the strength of the dollar and impact of cheap imports, a slower building market and its impact on the timber and forestry sector especially for select grade material, and the impacts of growing production costs on businesses."
Mr Gulaptis said the workshop is the latest in a series of initiatives developed by the NSW Government to support the Northern Rivers' economy.
"Earlier this week, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner announced the first 79 full-time jobs to be supported through the NSW Government's Northern Rivers Jobs Plan," Mr Gulaptis said.
"The Plan has been introduced to help grow local jobs and help the region's businesses position themselves and the local economy for a sustainable and positive future."



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