South West Forestry Hub funding extended to 2025

16th November 2021

South West WA is set to benefit from new Australian Government funding to support growth in its forest industries with a funding extension for the South West timber Hub until 2025.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said this new funding secured the future of the South West Timber Hub and its important work within the industry especially given the recent State Government announcement.

“The hub is assessing production forestry resources, processing capacity and infrastructure needs and limitations and finding ways to support innovation and growth in our region.

“South West WA is a key forestry area with strong potential for growth and innovation, with skilled forestry workers, transport routes and processing plants. This funding will help the local industry to meet the challenges and timber demands of the future.

South West Timber Hub Project Manager Wendy Perdon said the funding was a much-needed confidence boost for WA’s forest industries.

“This funding extension will allow the South West Timber Hub to build on the valuable projects currently being undertaken, which are designed to strengthen and grow WA’s forest industries.

“These projects include focal points like ecological thinning for forest health and private forestry, both of which are extremely important to industry. We are also working towards enhancing the overall community awareness and understanding of forestry. We have a unique and sustainable industry in WA and this funding will assist in developing it even further.”

The Australian Government is providing more than $10.6 million over 4 years for the 11 existing Regional Forestry Hubs. The hub model empowers each region to identify and assess their local issues and develop local solutions, while benefitting from working alongside other hubs across Australia.

This funding demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to long-term, sustainable investment in forestry in South West WA and builds upon the funding the South West hub received when established in 2019.