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TABMA Meets with the Industry Minister

Industry Minister

 

Coronavirus has changed life as we know it in many ways. None of us will be going on an overseas holiday anytime soon, public events remain off limits and the economic fallout is substantial and is testing us in ways we never imagined. For the timber and building materials sector and as you well understand, the impacts are manifesting themselves in many ways.

Some supply chains are being interrupted blocking access to the supply of timber; government stimulus to business, although very much welcomed will come to an end in the near future – what will this mean for the sector, and the trade credit issue remains unresolved at a time when the sector is already feeling the effects of the global pandemic. And the issues will vary depending on where you sit in the supply chain.

On Tuesday 15 September, TABMA on behalf of members, hosted a video conference with the federal Minister for Industry Science and Technology Hon Karen Andrews MP to raise these issues with the Minister. TABMA Chairman Peter Hutchinson facilitated the meeting which included a Q and A session where nominated representative members had the opportunity to speak directly to the Minister. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those members who participated and provided an overview of the issues that are important to us.

Right now, we are doing some follow-up from that meeting, and I will provide more information on the outcomes as soon as possible. TABMA will continue to advocate for the best outcomes for our members. Whilst the pandemic has changed the way many of us are doing business, there’s still challenges ahead and TABMA will continue to press government where necessary on your behalf.