The Australian Forest Products Association SA Branch (AFPA-SA) welcomed the opportunity to be involved in today’s regional development roadshow. State Manager Ms Clare Scriven said that it was encouraging for both major and smaller businesses in the forest and forest products sector to see Minister Brock acknowledge the opportunities in the area through the Regions in Focus event.
“The forest and forest products sector is worth $1.7 billion to the South Australian economy. It directly employs 7500 people and a further 14,000 indirect jobs flow from that.
“We are currently looking to fill more and more roles in timber harvesting and haulage, for example, and investment in research and development will create greater opportunities as we go forward. For example, the new global bioeconomy is estimated to be worth $200 billion in the near future, and Australia, and particularly the South East of South Australia, are well placed to be part of that.”
“The updates on actions on infrastructure and industry development at the Regions in Focus event today were appreciated, but clearly there is still more to be done,” Ms Scriven said. “Ongoing investment in road infrastructure is one action that is crucial not only to forest industries, but to other primary production sectors and tourism, too.
“AFPA-SA looks forward to continuing engagement with the State government about harnessing the many opportunities in this region.”