Forest research projects announced for Mt Gambier

Friday 29 Mar 2019

Australia's forestry industries are set to benefit from more than AU$2.4 million of new research through the second round of projects funded under the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) centre in Mount Gambier.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, and South Australia's Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone, have congratulated the grant recipients and welcomed the benefits these projects will bring to Australia and South Australia.

"These projects will create jobs by driving forestry research and development in areas such as worker safety, carbon emission targets, design standards, biosecurity, fire detection, and genetics," Minister Colbeck said.

"The total value of these projects is more than AU$5 million through a combination of Australian and South Australian Government funds, together with funding and in-kind contributions from industry and research agencies.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone, said these projects provide exciting opportunities for the future of the South Australian forestry industry.

"Forestry is an important industry in South Australia and Mount Gambier is leading the way in research and development on Australia's plantation forests," Minister Whetstone said.

"Importantly, much of this research done in Mount Gambier will have national application—it can be applied to other forestry regions across the country. These projects build on the research being undertaken by those funded through round one.”

Launceston NIFPI projects will be announced soon.

Find out more about the successful NIFPI recipients and the round two projects here: www.nifpi.org.au.

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