Regional Forestry Hubs

The National Forest Industries Plan includes an action to establish Regional Forestry Hubs.

The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, the then Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, announced on 16 February 2019 that 9 Regional Forestry Hubs would be established.

  • Each Regional Forestry Hub has existing concentrations of wood supply resources; together with significant existing processing and/or manufacturing operations, established domestic and/or international transport links, and strong potential for growth.
  • Each is being provided with $1.1 million (including GST) over the period to and including 2021–22.
  • Each of the Hubs is working with industry, state and local governments, and other key stakeholders to undertake strategic planning, technical assessments and analyses to support growth in the forest industries in their region.

The Australian Government, in a 2021-22 Budget measure, committed to establish 2 new Regional Forestry Hubs and extend funding for the 9 existing Regional Forestry Hubs.

  • On 12 May 2021, the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, the Hon David Littleproud MP, and the Assistant Minster for Forestry and Fisheries Senator the Hon Jonathon Duniam announced that new hubs would be established in the Eden region of New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
  • It is anticipated that the two new hubs will be established early in the 2021-22 financial year.

The 9 existing Regional Forestry Hubs are:

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New South Wales

North East New South Wales

The North East NSW Forestry Hub commenced operations in April 2019. The hub is managed by the region–focused North East NSW Forestry Hub Incorporated, which was established in October 2019.

The priorities identified by the hub are to advance:

  • industry communications
  • resilient forests, ensuring plantation and native wood production forest estates respond to climate change
  • residues utilisation, including bio–energy, biochar and fertilisers
  • carbon sequestration
  • First Nations partnerships
  • supply, including from farm forestry, plantations, private native forestry
  • infrastructure, including roads and bridges
  • workforce skills.

Visit the North East NSW Forestry Hub website.

Central West New South Wales

The Central West NSW Regional Forestry Hub commenced operations in May 2020. Its host entity is the Central West NSW Forestry Hub Incorporated.

The priorities for the hub are:

  • defining the boundaries of the region
  • completing strategic assessments of factors impacting forest growing and processing sectors in the region
  • undertaking detailed assessments of the priority issues to determine technical issues, needs and opportunities for progress of the industry into the future
  • consulting with industry in the hub.

South West Slopes New South Wales

The South West Slopes NSW Regional Forestry Hub commenced operations in September 2019. Its host entity is the Softwoods Working Group Incorporated.

The priorities identified by the hub in its Strategic Plan are:

  • community engagement
  • people and skills
  • adequate infrastructure
  • resource security.

Victoria

Gippsland

The Gippsland Forestry Hub commenced operations in May 2020. Its host entity is Gippsland Forestry Hub Incorporated.

The priorities for the hub are:

  • facilitating a stakeholder forum on growing the future of the industry
  • exploring value adding opportunities
  • defining the boundaries of the region
  • exploring opportunities for expanding wood supply, including from farm, private native, and Indigenous forestry
  • developing a skills needs framework and conducting a skills audit
  • facilitating innovation and regional research
  • building stakeholder communications.

Visit the Gippsland Forestry Hub website.

 

Victoria/South Australia

Green Triangle

The Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub commenced operations in April 2019. Its host entity is the Green Triangle Forestry Industry Hub Association Incorporated.

The priorities for the hub include to:

  • increase the size of the plantation estate in the region and its productivity
  • encourage local mills to invest in greater capacity and efficiency
  • produce bioenergy, particularly for heat plant and kilns
  • build workforce capacity
  • continue to improve workplace safety
  • improve community awareness of the benefits of forestry, such as renewability, carbon capture, recreational benefits and innovative wood uses
  • support carbon footprint reductions and encourage forestry industry carbon sequestration and pricing schemes.

Visit the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub website.

Queensland

North Queensland

The North Queensland Regional Forestry Hub commenced operations in April 2020. Its host entity is Timber Queensland.

The priorities for the hub are:

  • skills and training
  • plantation investment models
  • manufacturing competitiveness
  • indigenous forestry development
  • other native forestry (leasehold and state forest).

The hub can be contacted at admin@timberqueensland.com.au.

South East Queensland

The South East Queensland commenced operations in April 2020. Its host entity is Timber Queensland.

The priorities for the hub are:

  • skills and training
  • manufacturing competitiveness
  • plantation investment models
  • private native forestry
  • bioenergy/carbon.

The hub can be contacted at admin@timberqueensland.com.au.

Western Australia

South West Western Australia

The South West Timber Hub commenced operations in May 2019. Its host entity is the Bunbury Geographe Economic Alliance.

The priorities for the hub are to:

  • improve investment returns
  • encourage new plantation development on farms
  • explore business models for new product manufacturing, and wood waste use
  • build opportunities for enterprises, employment and land management with the Noongar people
  • increase research and its application to build excellence.

Visit the South West Timber Hub website.

Tasmania

Tasmania

The North and North West Tasmania Regional Forestry Hub commenced operations in mid–2019. Its host entity is the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network. In June 2020, additional funding was provided for the hub recognising that additional work was needed to adequately accommodate industry linkages across the rest of the state.

The focus for the North and North West Tasmania elements of the hub are:

  • land access and land use policy for plantation forest investment
  • supply chain and Infrastructure
  • climate change and carbon farming
  • culture, skills and training.

Visit the Tasmania Forestry Hub website.

 

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Last reviewed: 12 July 2021
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