Greg McCormack, chairperson of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), announced that Clare Scriven has been appointed as the inaugural state manager for AFPA South Australia.

“Ms Scriven has extensive experience in public policy and government relations and will be able to utilise her knowledge to further the opportunities for the state’s wood product industry.

“Ms Scriven will liaise directly with the State Parliament of SA to provide a united advocacy voice for the 7,000 direct and 15,000 indirect employees working in the forest, wood, and paper products industry in SA,” he said.

Mr McCormack added that this development was exciting for the SA industry – which is an industry that generates more than $1.5 billion each year.

“Every other state has its own advocacy body so it’s time SA had a dedicated industry voice. Now we can ensure the wood products value chain in SA is represented in deliberations that affect our ability to grow and create regional jobs,” he said.

The AFPA recognised and acknowledged the support of key SA industry players in championing the outcome and said that it looks forward to supporting the new SA manager role to ensure the best policy outcomes for the SA industry.