The illegal harvesting and theft of Western Australian sandalwood has caused significant disruption to the market. At the same time, this activity impacts on the sustainability of the resource. The State’s new Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 provides modern, innovative and contemporary legislation to better protect the resource and industry. This Act supports increased penalties for illegal harvest to $200,000 for individuals or $1 million for corporations.
- The Forest Products Commission will fund an extra position at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to work on the enforcement of new measures in the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
- The native sandalwood industry will be protected by implementing a Legality Verification System to allow the marketplace to trace sandalwood to point of harvest.
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