The Australian Forest Products Association welcomes the launch of the $4 million Mount Gambier Hub of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, AFPA CEO, Mr Ross Hampton said today.
“The south-east of South Australia is a major region for softwood plantation innovation and the launch of this Hub is the realisation of a vision which was seeded several years ago,” Mr Hampton said.
“The research and development opportunities in this plantation region are enormous and it’s important we maximise efficiency of our forest industries and timber resource usage going forward. This Hub will play a key role into the future.
“We particularly congratulate the regional committee which will advise and guide the Hub in its activities going forward. Dr Charlma Phillips, Tammy Auld, Phillip Dohnt, Glen Rivers and David Oliver along with Professor Christopher Saint from the University of South Australia have a vital role sitting on this committee and I wish them well.
“There are nearly 180,000 hectares of plantation forests in South Australia, producing logs valued up to $321 million in 2015-16. This Hub will make the most of what is already a huge amount of knowledge and experience in forest industries in the Mount Gambier region.
“The Mount Gambier facility will partner with the Launceston Hub which was launched last year. AFPA will keenly examine the progress of both Hubs and will provide support to their advancement,” Mr Hampton concluded.