His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, yesterday participated in a forestry roundtable meeting hosted by the Institute of Foresters Australia in Queensland’s Mossman Gorge.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said it was a great opportunity to highlight the sustainable practices of Australia’s forest sector.
“It was an honour to join His Royal Highness to discuss the integral role of Australia’s native forests and plantations in providing a renewable source of timber, and the role trees can play in dealing with international issues, such as climate change,” Minister Ruston said.
“The roundtable meeting was an important opportunity to renew Australia’s commitment to a high-tech, carbon positive, renewable forestry future.
“HRH The Prince of Wales has been a passionate advocate of sustainable forest management and how it can help solve economic, social and environmental issues facing the world.
“Australia stands resolute to meet these growing challenges.
“It was incredibly generous of His Royal Highness to join us to discuss Australia’s place at the forefront of global sustainable forestry practises.
“Not only does the Australian domestic timber industry support many of our regional communities, it has the potential to provide opportunities for expansion of both indigenous and farm forestry.”
Minister Ruston said the Coalition Government was committed to delivering a new forestry future for Australia underpinned by an integrated and sustainable landscape approach to the management of all our forest resources.