AFPA welcomes progress on AFWI establishment process

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes today’s Commonwealth announcement that University of Sunshine Coast and University of Melbourne will be invited to form Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI) research centres, joining the third research centre being established at the University of Tasmania in Launceston.

AFPA Acting Chief Executive Officer Richard Hyett said, “I congratulate both preferred candidates, in the University of Sunshine Coast and University of Melbourne. I also acknowledge the hard work put in by other institutions through a competitive expression of interest process.

Each research centre will have access to $24.5 million in funding as part of the $100 million AFWI grant agreement with the University of Tasmania.

“As I’ve said before, AFPA is very proud of the AFWI progress after playing a key role in its inception, based on the need for more varied and advanced forest products research in Australia,” Richard Hyett said.

“I’m confident these new centres will offer groundbreaking research into how we can maximise value from resource, boost the credentials and uses of timber and fibre as a climate solution and boost the innovation agenda across industry,” Richard Hyett concluded.

The University of Sunshine Coast Research Centre will be complemented by the National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life, supported by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA).


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