Reason for Discontinuing Ash Wood. As a leading store and a company that manufactures Stretchers in Australia, we take pride in using solar energy and renewable resources as part of our practices. Due to the environmental impact, we have made the conscious choice to discontinue Victorian Ash. Supply is increasingly constrained because Supreme Court injunctions resulting from legal action by environmental groups have closed down about 80% of timber harvesting coupes in Victoria. Sawmills in Gippsland are running out of timber, with the mill at Newmerella near Orbost in East Gippsland. The State Opposition blames the timber shortage on the Andrews Government’s inaction on not updating the Timber Code of Practice, which would nullify the legal action. Victorian Timber Innovation Fund, part of the Victorian Forestry Plan, aims to close the state’s native forestry industry by 2030.

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