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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

The Hon Ian Macdonald MLC
New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries, Energy, Mineral Resources and State Development

Government negotiations continue

Joint media release
28 May 2009

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The Australian and NSW governments are continuing discussions over logging in south west New South Wales.

Environment Minister, Peter Garrett said negotiations between the federal environment department and NSW Forestry were making progress.

"My department is continuing to work through this issue with NSW to find a good outcome for both the forestry industry and the environment," Mr Garrett said.

"NSW Forests is working co-operatively with the Federal Government to ensure we protect jobs and the environment," said Minister for Primary Industries, Ian Macdonald.

"I can confirm that negotiations will continue on beyond 31st May. During these negotiations forestry operations will carry on as usual.

"This will provide much needed peace of mind for the many hardworking families who rely upon the industry for employment."

"We have a strong commitment to a sustainable forest industry but we need to ensure our federal legislative obligations are met and that includes meeting our international obligations to our protected wetlands," Mr Garrett said.

"We'll continue to explore options with NSW to find an appropriate balance between our environmental requirements and supporting the needs of the industry and the local community.

"We're aiming for a speedy resolution to achieve an equitable and workable outcome that provides certainty for rural communities and the continuation of this important and sustainable industry," said Mr Macdonald.

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