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Forestry workers face axe

FORESTRY workers are facing a nervous wait on the Mid North Coast amid speculation the State Government could axe up to 70 workers, cutting their jobs and hiring private contractors.

Questions continue to be asked of Forestry Minister Ian Macdonald, the Greens even going as far to suggest State Forests could be privatised.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the majority of positions in the firing line are those overseeing the harvest of timber in State Forests.

“We are seeing the pruning off of jobs in this public sector and the work being undertaken by less trained private operators and private contractors,” Mr Fraser said.

Mr McDonald says an announcement is imminent on the review of employment within State Forests.

“I just stress again no decisions have been made,” Mr McDonald said.



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