Forestry hub funding extended

HUB FUNDING: Green Triangle Regional Forestry Hub chair Cameron MacDonald.

THE Federal Government has extended its funding to the Green Triangle Regional Forestry Hub (GTFH) with an allocation of $900,000 across four years.

Assistant minister for forestry and fisheries Jonno Duniam said he was looking forward to continuing to work with GTFH chair Cameron MacDonald to further support forestry industries.

“The hub model empowers each region to identify and assess their local issues and develop local solutions, while benefitting from working alongside other hubs across Australia,” Mr Duniam said.

“This is all about getting the right trees, at the right scale, in the right places.

“The sector has faced numerous challenges over the last couple of years, but our forest industries are resilient and we’re working together to build a strong and sustainable future for Australia’s forest industries.”

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said that growing the plantation estate takes time and this funding demonstrated the Australian Government’s commitment to long-term, sustainable investment in forestry in the region.

“This new funding will secure the future of our forestry hub and its important work with industry, state and local governments, key stakeholders and the community,” Mr Pasin said.

“It builds upon the $1m of funding the hub received when established in 2019.

“The Green Triangle Hub, one of the first to be established, has published plans to expand the regional plantation estate by 200 million trees over the next decade.”