22nd March – Leschenault Timber Industry Club dinner and federal funding announcements

To celebrate the UN International Day of Forests, the Leschenault Timber Industry Club held a dinner at the Sanctuary Golf Resort in Bunbury. Senator Richard Colbeck Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Nola Marino MP, Member for Forrest were among the 100 or so in attendance.

FIFWA President Ian Telfer explained more of the details of the South West timber hub and FIFWA Acting CEO launched two short videos, one showcasing WA's plantation forest sector, the other WA's forest industries contributions to communities.

Highlights from Senator Colbeck's speech include the announcement that the initial commitment of $250,000 for each pilot forestry hub would now be expanded to a four-year commitment of $250,000 per year.  He also signalled that the South West will host a new node of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI), with a $2 million commitment, which will need to be matched by state government and industry funding.

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