Govt’s forestry-hub plan wel­comed

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Michael Philipps

For­est In­dus­try Fed­er­a­tion WA act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Granger has wel­comed the Fed­eral Govern­ment an­nounce­ment of the Na­tional For­est In­dus­tries Plan.

For­rest MHR Nola Marino an­nounced the launch of the plan last week.

Mr Granger said the new Na­tional For­est In­dus­tries Plan picked up on key pri­or­i­ties for the WA in­dus­try.

“The aim of get­ting more trees in the ground, of the right species, in the right lo­ca­tion and at the right scale, is fun­da­men­tal for the WA in­dus­try,” he said.

“This plan has the bold ob­jec­tive of plant­ing a bil­lion ex­tra trees over a decade which would go a long way to se­cur­ing in­vest­ment and jobs in sus­tain­able and re­new­able in­dus­tries.

“We are de­lighted that the con­cept of re­gional forestry hubs has gained trac­tion in this plan and that the Fed­eral Mem­ber for For­rest Nola Marino is ad­vo­cat­ing for the South West to be iden­ti­fied as such a re­gional forestry hub. “We are com­mit­ted to work­ing with the Govern­ment to max­imise the ben­e­fits for WA out of this na­tional plan.”

Mrs Marino said the plan would un­der­pin growth in the re­new­able tim­ber and wood-fi­bre in­dus­try, would pro­vide the vi­sion and cer­tainty for sus­tain­able forestry in­dus­tries and sup­port the in­dus­tries as long-term growth en­gines for the South West. “This plan will give the South West the op­por­tu­ni­ties it needs to help bet­ter pre­pare for fu­ture chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

“The plan will help our re­new­able tim­ber and wood-fi­bre in­dus­try stay in­no­va­tive which is why I’m work­ing to have the South West iden­ti­fied as a re­gional forestry hub.

“Twenty mil­lion dol­lars has been al­lo­cated to help im­ple­ment the Na­tional Forestry In­dus­try Plan.”

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