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Transcript 10953

TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP ADDRESS AT THE JOINT SIGNING OF THE REGIONAL FOREST AGREEMENT

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 27/03/1998

Release Type: Speech

Transcript ID: 10953

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Premier and ladies and gentlemen, I would like to welcome you here.

This is the signing of the Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreement.

It is the second RFA signed in Victoria and the third in a series

- the two Victorian ones and one in Tasmania.

The best news out of this is that it's going to create 300 new

jobs. And that is a very important element of the Regional Forest

Agreement. It's a very balanced outcome. It represents yet another

putting aside of the phoney war between environmental concerns and

job creation and development. Conservation is important but so is

job creation.

And there's a funding package of $28 million for industry development.

It will provide a 20-year period of security for investment. There

is 116,000 hectares of additional reserves, which is an increase of

64 per cent. And the RFA that we are signing in a moment meets all

of the required scientific criteria. And when added to the existing

reserves, almost half of the Central Highlands area will have been

reserved. So when you set that against the 300 jobs that has been

created, the 20-year security, $28 million investment, it's a

win-win situation and it's another example of the sensible, cooperative

approach that's being adopted to these issues which is of benefit

to Victoria and, most importantly, it creates new jobs for Australians

- 300 in this case - and also evinces a proper concern for the environment.

So I'm delighted to be here with the Premier today to sign it.

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Transcript 10953