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Forest owners vote yes on commodity levy

3 April 2013

Forest owners vote yes

The Forest Voice referendum will deliver a clear yes vote in favour of a commodity levy when final results are released in a few days.

The levy, which will be used to fund activities that benefit all forest owners, was the subject of a referendum that ran from 1-29 March.

“The interim results show there is substantial support from forest owners, both by area of forest and numbers voting, for the proposed work programme and the levy that will fund it,” says Forest Growers Levy Trust chair Geoff Thompson.

The final postal votes are still being counted and some ambiguous votes are being clarified, but these will not affect the outcome of the poll. The final vote count will be released once it has been considered by the Trust board, which meets on Friday.

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