Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam has welcomed the announcement that VicForests has lodged an appeal in the Full Federal Court.

“These issues are creating uncertainty across the forestry industry, and the Morrison Government welcomes VicForests’ appeal against the recent judgment,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“The forestry industry is being attacked in the coupes and now the courtrooms, and it is critical that they are defended in these places too.

“The right to appeal is a feature of our justice system and it’s important that this next step in the process is allowed to run its course.

“We stand with the forestry industry and we stand by our Regional Forest Agreements, which provide a high level framework for delivering environmental, economic and social benefits from our native forests.

“The timber industry deserves certainty and the Morrison Government remains committed to ensuring exactly that – we stand with the Victorian timber industry and the thousands of Victorians it employs.

“We will take any necessary actions that may be appropriate to provide long term certainty into the future.”