14 July 2004
The Tiwi Islands will host the fifth in a series of eight national consultation workshops on 15 July under the Australian Government’s National Indigenous Forestry Strategy (NIFS).
Chair of the NIFS Steering Committee, Mike Macnamara, said the strategy is being developed by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), with assistance from other Government agencies and is designed to boost the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the forestry sector.
“In 2003, we asked BDO Consulting to scope the opportunities for greater Indigenous involvement in Australia’s forest industries,” Mr Macnamara said. “We also asked BDO to look at the barriers preventing Indigenous Australians from becoming involved in forestry.
“The resulting report acted as the basis for the draft NIFS Strategy.
“The workshop series represents the second phase of consultations, and will allow us to present the strategy to the Indigenous communities that have provided valuable input into its development.”
Mr Macnamara said the workshops provide an opportunity for Indigenous communities to discuss the direction of the proposed strategy and ensure it meets the needs they outlined during the initial consultations.
“These follow-up consultations will help ensure we develop a strategy that delivers practical, long-term benefits to all parties and can demonstrate tangible, on-the-ground results,” he said.
“The first four workshops were held in timber communities in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. After Tiwi Islands, the remaining workshop will be held in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales.”
Background information on the NIFS is available on the DAFF web site www.daff.gov.au/nifs.
Tiwi Islands workshop details:
When: 10am Thursday 15 July
Where: Munipi Land Council Manager’s office, Pirlangimpi
For more information on the workshop contact David McLeod on (08) 8941 7788 or 0411 226 967.
Mike Macnamara DAFF Media +61 2 6272 3232