Rebuilding the WA softwood plantation estate
Friday 21 Aug 2020
- Problem and Opportunity Statements seek innovative industry solutions under the Government’s Market-led Proposal initiative.
- The McGowan Government has invested AU$23 million expanding the State’s pine plantation estate.
Forestry Minister Dave Kelly has invited private sector proposals to expand Western Australia’s softwood estate and safeguard the future of the State’s plantation industry, as part of the McGowan Government’s Market-led Proposal (MLP) initiative.
The Forest Products Commission currently manages approximately 78,000 hectares of softwood plantations. While the McGowan Government has invested AU$23 million in expanding the estate since 2017, previous years of neglect mean that without significant investment, the estate will diminish to 40,000 hectares within 20 years.
Private sector investment is being sought, through an advertised Problem and Opportunity Statements process, to support a 50,000-hectare expansion which will result in more than 60 million trees being planted over a period of up to 10 years.
The Problem and Opportunity Statements process is a new initiative under the McGowan Government’s Market-led Proposals policy, harnessing innovative ideas from the private sector that stimulate the economy and create jobs for Western Australians.
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