Forest institute welcomed

SPROUTING KEY RESEARCH: Pine technician David McKersie applies cutting edge tree breeding technology at the Southern Tree Breeding Association site on the edge of Mount Gambier.

LEADING forestry industry researchers and a national forest products lobby group have welcomed news a national innovation institute node will become operational in Mount Gambier within months.

This follows the State Government finally announcing it will come on board and match the $2m commitment from its federal counterparts.

The innovation hub is expected to cement the Mount Gambier district as a national hub for softwood forestry research and will build on ground-breaking genetic research already under way in the region.

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