Australians can have confidence in environmental safeguards provided under RFAs

first_imgAustralians can have confidence in environmental safeguards provided under RFAs The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) says Australians can have confidence that our sustainably managed native forestry operations provide all the environmental safeguards required by the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, Deputy CEO Victor Violante said today.Responding to criticism of the national RFA framework in the Samuel review of the EPBC Act, Mr Violante said all forestry operations under RFAs are managed to extremely strict state environmental laws which are independently enforced.“RFAs are required by law to be independently reviewed, and all the reviews have found that RFAs are meeting or exceeding environmental objectives while providing a level of certainty to industry,” Mr Violante said.“Also, all RFAs were reviewed and renewed in recent years to ensure that they remained up to date and reflected the latest available science and were amended accordingly.”Mr Violante said the RFAs delivered significant protections for the environment and threatened species when they were developed, and continue to do so.“Nationally, as a result of the RFAs and public land use decisions, over 13.6 million hectares have been added to Australia’s forest conservation reserve system. Meanwhile, timber harvesting operations occur on only a tiny fraction of Australia’s native forest estate, using the equivalent of just 6 trees out of every 10,000 annually, and every tree is replaced as the areas are regenerated and regrown by law.”Mr Violante welcomed the Samuel review’s recommendation that there should be greater clarity around the interaction between RFAs and the EPBC Act, to provide greater certainty for the tens of thousands of workers in our sustainable native timber industries.“AFPA reiterates its plea to the Federal Government to provide certainty for timber workers and put an end to the lawfare that anti-forestry groups are waging.”“Closing down Australia’s sustainably managed native timber industry won’t stop the demand for quality appearance-grade hardwood timber for floorboards, staircases and furniture. It will just increase imports from countries with weaker regulations, including those where rainforests are logged unsustainably and illegally,” Mr Violante concluded.The original media release is here: Media Release – Australians can have confidence in environmental safeguards provided under RFAs /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AFPA, Australia, Australian, biodiversity, conservation, environment, Federal, federal government, Government, industry, Media, Media Release, quality, science, species, sustainablelast_img read more

Prairie Village’s Claridge Court celebrates 20 years

first_imgRoe Taliaferro, flanked by former Kansas City, Mo., mayor Kay Barnes (left) and Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer, now lives in the senior living community he approved as mayor in the mid-1990s.When Monroe Taliaferro was mayor of Prairie Village in the early 1990s, one of the biggest issues facing the city council was what to do with a proposal to bring a 241,000 square foot senior living community to the vacant lot at the corner of Somerset Drive and Mission Road.Register to continuelast_img read more

Diplomats stun GDF

first_imgThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was outclassed by stunning effort from the Diplomats who defeated them by 29 runs in the latest round of the 2019 New Building Society (NBS), Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Second Division 40- over tournament while the Transport Sports Club (TSC) and the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) recorded their first win.  Diplomats, who were inserted by the GDF, posted 160 for seven from their allotted 23 overs – the match was affected by rain. Skipper Nigel Sampson (45) missed out on a half-century while marshalling the batting as Sean Huge (27) and Adrian Foster (27) chipped in. MSC’s Nichosie Barker was once again in the wickets for his side.  Seamer Selwin Collier (3-37) and Colvis Sam (2-37) were the pick of the bowlers for GDF who in response were dismissed for 131 inside 22 overs. Rickford Mohamed (3-26), Huge (3-14) and Martin King (2-21) delivered the win for their side. Only Randy Wade (35) and Randy Lindore (24) mustered any resistance. Meanwhile, over at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), TSC trounced Ace Warriors by nine wickets. That contest saw Ace Warriors being bundled out for 60 inside 18 overs, folding to the experience of Kevin Ross (3-21) while Mark Baptiste (3-14) and Joel Spooner (2-1) supported. The TSC completed the win by coasting to 61-1 as Devon Nandan top scored with 22. The MSC, on the other hand, defeated Third Class by three wickets on the back of another match-winning effort from the dependable Jeremiah Scott. That script saw Third Class batting first and being dismissed for 107 in 24 overs.  Only Andre O’Neal (31) registered a substantive score while Marcus Watkins (3-9) and Nichosie Barker (3-21) shared six wickets between them for MSC who reached 109-7 on the back of Scott’s innings of 61 to complete the win. Sophia was also in the winner’s row after defeating Bel Air Rubis by six overs at the Queen’s College ground. Bel Air Rubis batted first and posted 173 in 20 overs. Sophia in response, rocketed to 176-4 in the 18th over to register their triumph.last_img read more

Utah Utes basketball: Jay Watkins and Jace Tavita chosen as new team captains

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — The Utah men’s basketball team has chosen senior forward Jay Watkins and junior guard Jace Tavita as co-captains for the 2010-11 season.Coach Jim Boylen said the voting among players, coaches and team managers was unanimous and he is pleased with the selections.”I’m very happy,” he said. “Those are two tough guys that play hard and understand what is expected in the program.”Watkins is a 6-foot-7 forward from Memphis who transferred to the program last year from College of Southern Idaho, while Tavita is a 6-4 junior guard who prepped at Brighton High School.Boylen also confirmed that four freshmen players will be redshirting this year.He already indicated non-scholarship players Neal Monson, a 6-10 center from Sandy, and Josh Fuller, a 6-7 wing from Idaho, would be redshirting before going on LDS missions after this season. The other two that will be redshirting this year are Preston Guiot, a 6-foot guard from Missouri, and Dominique Lee, a 6-4 guard from Oakland.Utah is 1-0 this year and next plays at home against Montana on Wednesday night.e-mail: [email protected] Related U. needs team effort to get on trackcenter_img Shakerin’s football career overlast_img read more