State Government delivers AU$19m for industry

Friday 17 Jun 2022

The Malinauskas Labor Government will invest AU$19 million to help grow and develop the state’s forest and timber industries, one of the most significant contributors to the economy in the south-east.

As part of the State Government’s investment of more than AU$130 million in the Limestone Coast, sustainable forest industry initiatives will maximise the state’s capacity to produce vital fibre for Australian construction and manufacturing and support South Australian jobs.

Measures include:

- AU$15 million for a new Centre for Excellence to secure a long-term Forestry Research and Development capability at Mount Gambier – funded over 10 years

- Supporting and expanding the role of the Forest Industries Advisory Council (FIAC-SA) as an ongoing platform for government and industry to work together

- AU$2 million over three years to develop a Forest Products Domestic Manufacturing and Infrastructure Masterplan, including a focus on future skills needs

- AU$2 million to replace fire towers with new technologies to provide landscape level fire detection, while ensuring existing towers are serviceable during the transition

- Development of the Trees on Farms initiative to quantify and promote the environmental and economic benefits of on-farm plantations

- Investigating the feasibility of incentives to ensure that arrangements favour local processors who may be locked out of contracts with the larger forest growers

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