Furniture makers left out of forest deal

A Launceston furniture maker claims the specialty timber industry has been ignored under the forest peace deal.

The Tasmanian Liberals said the specialty timber harvest area would be reduced by 60 per cent to 38,000 hectares if the enabling legislation passed the Upper House.

Craftsman Peter Collenette said that would make it harder and more expensive to source high-quality timber.

Mr Collenette said the government talked about 'value-added' wood products yet the deal undermined his industry.

"Fine furniture work, veneer work, veneers themselves are the highest value adding that you can possibly do," he said.

"Lip service is always paid and it's paid by the green groups to this type of value adding.

But the words don't match the actions.

The actions don't match the words."

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