Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est called for WA in­te­grated timber pro­cess­ing yard

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

The For­est Prod­ucts Com­mis­sion is ex­plor­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing an In­te­grated Timber Pro­cess­ing

Yard in the South West of Western Australia. The fa­cil­ity will im­prove for­est man­age­ment out­comes by in­creas­ing the util­i­sa­tion of har­vested ma­te­rial.

The pro­posed yard will process na­tive for­est and plan­ta­tion logs that can­not cur­rently be used by lo­cal mills into higher-value bil­lets for use in prod­ucts such as ve­neer and sawn timber. It is in­tended that the residue will be pro­cessed on the same site into prod­ucts such as char­coal, wood pel­lets, heat and power.

New Busi­ness and In­no­va­tion Di­rec­tor John Tredin­nick said a cen­tralised yard had the po­ten­tial to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of for­est op­er­a­tions and in­crease the value earned from the State’s wood re­source.

“This will al­low us to cre­ate new, higher value mar­kets us­ing logs that don’t cur­rently meet sawlog spec­i­fi­ca­tions,” he said.

“The key to mak­ing this work will be the de­vel­op­ment of a mer­chan­dis­ing line with the capability to de­bark and scan long length logs prior to dock­ing and sort­ing into log grades.”

Mr Tredin­nick said na­tive for­est logs from State forests will pro­vide the pri­mary sup­ply to the yard, with pri­vate for­est grow­ers also get­ting an op­por­tu­nity to sup­ply logs.

“The yard has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate ad­di­tional pri­mary jobs in the timber in­dus­try as well as sec­ondary jobs in the South West,” he said.

“The FPC is seek­ing Ex­pres­sions of In­ter­est (EOI) from in­dus­try to build and op­er­ate the fa­cil­ity and the EOI will be used to con­sider po­ten­tial lo­ca­tions that pro­vide the max­i­mum ben­e­fit to in­dus­try and com­mu­nity.”

In­for­ma­tion is be­ing sought from a range of in­ter­ested par­ties, in­clud­ing landown­ers, equip­ment sup­pli­ers, en­gi­neer­ing firms, timber pro­ces­sors and log buy­ers.

Out­comes of the EOI will help as­sess the fea­si­bil­ity of the project and also in­form an up­com­ing ten­der process.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit Ten­ders WA at www.ten­ders.wa.gov. au and type eoi22 into the Cur­rent Ten­der Search.

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