The department aims to foster and enable productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable Australian forest and forest products industries.
On 12 September 2018 the Australian Government launched the National Forest Industries Plan (the Plan),
Growing a Better Australia – A Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth.
The Plan, jointly released by the Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, and Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resource, outlines the Australian Government’s strategy to underpin growth in the renewable timber and wood‑fibre industry.
It provides the vision and certainty needed for Australia’s forestry industry and supports the sustainable forest industries as long-term growth engines for regional Australia.
The plan also supports the forest industries aspirational goal of planting a billion new plantation trees over the next 10 years.
The Australian Government supported the Plan in the 2018-2019 Federal Budget with a $20 million commitment over four years to help implement actions identified in the Plan.
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Activities in support of the Plan
Regional Forestry Hubs
On 16 February 2019, the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, and Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, jointly announced nine sites around Australia to become Regional Forestry Hubs under the Plan.
Four pilot hubs locations were announced:
- South West - Western Australia
- Green Triangle – South Australia and Victoria
- North/North West - Tasmania
- North East - New South Wales.
Another five Regional Forestry Hubs will follow the pilots:
- Gippsland – Victoria
- South West Slopes - New South Wales
- Central West - New South Wales
- South East – Queensland
- North – Queensland.
State of the Forests Report
On 16 February 2019, Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, issued a media release announcing the publication of the State of the Forests Report 2018. The State of the Forests report is available for download.
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