SOUTH WEST FORESTRY INDUSTRY TO BENEFIT FROM DEDICATED REGIONAL HUBS

Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, has welcomed the announcement that WA’s South West has been selected as one of only four pilot Regional Forestry Hubs being rolled out across Australia.
“The Liberal National Government has committed $12.5 million to the Regional Forestry Hubs as well as research and development elements of the National Forest Industries Plan to further grow Australia’s forest industries and set the industry up for the future,” Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Colbeck said.
“The Plan ambitiously aims to deliver a billion new trees to meet a projected quadrupling of global demand for timber products by 2050.
“This is all about delivering the right trees in the right places at the right scale.
“A billion trees with also allow the Liberal National Government to capture 18 million tonnes of greenhouse gasses per year by 2030.
“This plan will protect and grow the South West’s vital forestry industry, create more jobs, and open up opportunities to build new and improved roads, rail and port facilities.
“The hubs have been identified in regions with existing concentrations of forests available for harvest, processing plants, transport routes and a skilled forestry workforce and the work now begins to determine the size and make up of each hub.
“Funding will be available to support strategic planning, technical assessments and analyses that will contribute to infrastructure and other decisions by investors.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the South West’s Regional Forestry Hub has been welcomed by the forest and wood products industry as an opportunity to help better prepare for future challenges and opportunities.
“The assessments that come from the South West Hub will provide industry with regional data that is not currently available, bringing potential to support new investment in the sector,” Mrs Marino said.
“This will assist our region to identify future investment and other opportunities for the forest industries in rural and regional Australia.
“For the South West communities, the Regional Forestry Hub also has the potential to create rural and regional jobs.
More information on the National Forest Industries Plan is available here: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/forestry/national-forest-industries-plan.pdf