Millions of trees planted after NSW Black Summer bushfires

More than 16 million pine and hardwood seedlings were hand planted in state forest plantations.

Millions of trees planted after NSW Black Summer bushfires

Millions of trees have been planted to rebuild NSW forests after the devastating Black Summer bushfires.

More than 16 million pine and hardwood seedlings were hand planted in state forest plantations this year.

The trees will grow for around 30 years before being harvested for renewable timber products.

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"Timber is a long-term cyclical product with the seedlings planted today growing into the house frames, kitchen cupboards and flooring of tomorrow," Forestry Corporation's Strategy and Risk Manager Gavin Jeffries said.

The state-owned Forestry Corporation manages more than 2 million hectares of NSW's forests.

Mr Jeffries said COVID-19 restrictions presented a significant challenge for workers planting the seedlings.

"As seedlings need to be hand planted, this year also presented a series of issues connected to COVID restrictions and our contractors securing workers on the ground," he said.

"Fortunately we've been able to work through these and adapt, even planting an additional 1,300 ha than planned due to the high seedling quality this year."

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Despite setbacks from COVID-19 restrictions, this year's planting effort is the largest season recorded.

"This winter's 14,000-hectare softwood record planting was an important milestone in the organisation's bushfire recovery program," Mr Jeffries said.

Regional nursery upgrades funded by the NSW Government's COVID-19 stimulus package meant more seedlings were grown and planted this year.

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Most of the seedling crop was grown in regional NSW nurseries including Tumut, Grafton, Narromine and Colac.

The 2022 planting season has already begun with another 13 million seedlings to be sown by the end of winter next year.

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Craig Kelly backs bill to stop unsolicited political texts

Despite the legislation targeting the United Australia Party, Federal Member for Hughes and Party Leader Craig Kelly has welcomed the proposed changes.

Craig Kelly backs bill to stop unsolicited political texts

The United Australia Party is backing new powers for Australians to opt-out of unsolicited political messages.

Federal Independent MP Rebekha Sharkie has today re-introduced the Unsolicited Political Communications Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 to Parliament.

Under the bill, citizens would be given the ability to unsubscribe from unwanted texts and robocalls from political parties.

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It mirrors a similar bill put forward by her Centre Alliance colleague, Senator Stirling Griff in 2019 that was rejected last year.

The difference is, it doesn't include the same "charity call" provisions, which would allow people to opt-out of phone calls from charities.

More than 4,000 complaints have been made to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in 2021, over unsolicited political messages.

Ms Sharkie says the legislation would stop MPs, such as Craig Kelly, from bombarding Australians.

"ACMA is completely powerless to act on the thousands of complaints because political messages are exempt from the laws that prohibit unsolicited communications. Instead political parties... are free to harass Australians with a bombardment of unwanted messages.

"This bill gives the power back to Australians...with the express purpose to give consumers more control over what they receive from political parties and individual politicians," she added.

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Federal Independent MP Rebekha Sharkie

Despite the legislation being targeted at United Australia Party, Federal Member for Hughes and Party Leader Craig Kelly has welcomed the proposed changes.

"I think it's a good idea, all the United Australia Party has called for is a level playing field, that's all we want.

"We want to make sure whatever the rules are that both the major political parties we get to compete with them under the same rules," he added.

Mr Kelly believes the uproar surrounding his use of text messages is being blown out of proportion.

"To be honest it is a microsecond swipe of the finger that deletes the text message so there is a lot of beat-up about this and you know everyone gets countless spam emails across their computer I know how they do become annoying but again you wipe them out it takes you a microsecond to wipe the things out if you don't want to read them."

As we approach the next federal election, Mr Kelly also says Australians can expect a large volume of advertising from the United Australia Party.

"We'll be using every advertising manner that we have that is lawful from large billboards, television advertising, newspaper advertising to radio advertising because we will be competing against the major parties on that level playing field to give the Australian public a real alternate third choice."

A spokesperson for the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher says "the Government will consider the Bill carefully".

Labor MP Patrick Gorman says the Federal Opposition is also yet to decide its stance on the matter.

"That legislation hasn't gone to caucus so I can't share with you what Labor would do on that piece of legislation...but let's be honest the reason everyone is going nuts about spam messages is because Clive Palmer has been spamming people for months."

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