Support for South West WA Region on International Day of Forests
Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Liberal Senator for Tasmania Nola Marino MP Member for Forrest, Western Australia Media Contact: Senator Colbeck 0408 871 651 Authorised by Senator Richard Colbeck, 5-7 Best St Devonport, TAS 7310 M E D I A R E L E A S E 21 March 2019 Support for South West WA Region on International Day of Forests
To mark International Day of Forests, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Colbeck, yesterday visited the SW Timber Hub in the Bunbury Geographe region with the Member for Forrest, Nola Marino MP, to discuss the National Forest Industries Plan and launch a new forestry education program.
Senator Colbeck joined Mrs Marino for a tour of the SW Timber Hub at Wespine and other forest related operations in the region.
“In last year’s Federal Budget, the Liberal National government announced $20 million over four years to support the implementation of the National Forest Industries Plan, to drive expansion of the wood and fibre production forest estate. This will create regional jobs, support regional communities and add value to Australia's wood and fibre industries,” Senator Colbeck said.
“Forestry education is identified as a key to supporting the growth of the industry. Last night at the World Forestry Day Dinner - hosted by the Leschenault Timber Industry Club - I announced that in partnership with Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), the Government will provide $200,000 for two exciting new education activities in line with our Plan and the theme of International Day Forests.”
“One will be running a competition across Australia for Universities to look for innovative uses for wood residues. The second activity will be at the secondary level supporting further developing virtual reality experiences to capture the renewable cycle of forests and wood products.”
Media Contact: Senator Colbeck 0408 871 651 Authorised by Senator Richard Colbeck, 5-7 Best St Devonport, TAS 7310