State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has written to Premier Daniel Andrews seeking his direct involvement in securing the future operations of Australian Sustainable Hardwoods in Heyfield and its 250-plus employees, while launching a petition in support of the company and its employees.
"Following several in-depth discussions over recent days, it has become very clear that Daniel Andrews’ intervention will resolve this issue," Mr Bull said.
"VicForests has clearly stated on several occasions that one of the major reasons for this is the additional areas that have gone into reserve (predominantly for leadbeater possum) without being replaced.
"You just can't keep taking and expect no ramifications.
"ASH has indicated its intention to transition to plantation timber, but the company and the families involved need support.
Mr Bull said the petition, calling for support for ASH and the timber industry in East Gippsland, will be available in a range of local businesses in Heyfield or by contacting his office.
Caption: Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has called on Premier Daniel Andrews to support Australian Sustainable Hardwoods and its employees.
Monday, January 23, 2017