A decision by Bunnings to discontinue selling timber sourced from VicForests will cost local jobs and undermine employment in regional Victoria.
Shadow Assistant Minister for Forestry, Gary Blackwood said the decision was premature given that a court case that lead to the decision by Bunnings was subject to appeal.
‘Bunnings has shown they are happy to walk away from Victorian timber jobs based on a court case which I am reliably told is subject to an upcoming appeal,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Their discontinuation of all timber supply from VicForests before that process is complete is a knee-jerk reaction that will have significant ramifications for our regional communities, local harvesters, contractors, haulage and machinery operators.
‘Victoria has world leading harvesting and management practices and by potentially moving to less regulated markets, Bunnings is telling consumers they would rather cheaper product that helps their bottom line than Victorian product that supports local jobs.
‘As Victoria battles with COVID-19, recovers from drought and bushfire, now more than ever Victorian retailers should support Victorian suppliers.
‘It is a very sad day when a company the size of Bunnings is influenced by a handful of inner-city Greens and prepared to undermine Gippsland jobs before a full appeal by VicForests is concluded,’ said Mr Blackwood.
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