Gippsland forestry research gets nearly AU$4 m

Friday 6 Aug 2021

Victoria’s forestry industry is set to benefit from nearly AU$4 million of new industry transferable research under the first round of projects funded by the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) centre in Gippsland.

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam and Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas congratulated the funding recipients and welcomed the benefits these projects would bring to Gippsland and the wider industry across Australia.

“The research will investigate the impacts of fire on performance of timber projects, as well as the smarter use of spatial information for forest management, improving commercialisation of manufactured timber products, feral animal management and improvements to plantation productivity.”

“Six projects with a total value of AU$3.96 million have been successful under the first round of the Gippsland NIFPI Research and Development Project grants. The NIFPI centre in Gippsland will deliver jobs and growth through supporting the smarter use of our forest resources and assisting industry to extract greater value from our forest products” Minister Thomas said.

The Australian and Victorian governments are contributing AU$1.89 million to these successful projects – which is being matched by approximately AU$2 million of funding and in-kind contributions from the forestry industry and research agencies.

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