The Forestry Transition Program is supporting the native timber industry while protecting as many jobs as possible. Transition support packages are available for workers, businesses and the community.

The transition team is supporting local communities and businesses.

They are based in Gippsland, North-East Victoria and the Central Highlands.

For support in your area, please contact:


  • Gippsland — Andrew van der Kaap, Business Transition Support Officer, 0417 992 636
  • North-East Victoria — Kara Zdrzalka (Hinton), Business Transition Support Officer, 0417 483 803

Supply chain manufacturers impacted by the native timber transition should contact:


  • Wellington Shire local government area (LGA) — Jeff Svigos, Senior Project Manager, 0436 661 065
  • East Gippsland LGA — Ruth Fitzclarence, Community Transition Support Officer, 0400 776 040
  • Yarra Ranges and Baw Baw LGAs — Yoshi De Wilde, Community Transition Support Officer, 0499 830 051
  • Murrindindi, Benalla, Towong and Gannawarra LGAs — Jenny Pena, Community Transition Support Officer, 0400 447 342


Directly impacted native timber workers and families should contact:

  • Worker Support Service 1800 177 001

Opal Maryvale Mill workers and families should contact:

  • Opal Worker Support Service 1800 177 001

Native timber workers, families and communities seeking jobs, skills and training support:

Mental health and wellbeing support

Mental health support is available if the forestry transition process is affecting your health and wellbeing, or people you know are being affected.

Page last updated: 26 May 2023