AU$9 million for new forestry research
Friday 30 Nov 2018The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed the announcements by the Federal, Tasmanian and South Australian Governments, of nearly AU$9 million in combined funding and industry support for the inaugural round of research projects, through the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI), Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton said.
The Launceston NIFPI centre will benefit from a total of AU$5.5 million of contributions for projects, including from industry, while the Mount Gambier NIFPI centre will attract AU$3.3 million through the inaugural round.
The Launceston centre’s projects will include research around remotely acquired forestry data, enhancing the durability of Tasmanian hardwoods and developments in engineered structural timber products, while the Mount Gambier centre has new projects that will focus on worker safety, forest water use, forest management and advanced remote sensing.
“We know of course that this is just the first round for both centres and that the Federal Government has also announced the establishment of at least two further NIFPI centres through the National Forest Industries Plan” Mr Hampton said.
Find out more about the NIFPI recipients and the round one projects here.
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