9 November 2018 – Federal Minister Visits Wespine

Earlier this week Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud, along with Federal member for Forrest, Nola Marino, visited Wespine's facilities in the Bunbury Geographe Timber hub. They were joined by FIFWA Acting CEO Matt Granger and timber industry representatives.

It was a great opportunity for the Minister to see the Bunbury Geographe Timber hub and the strong working relationships between companies. Patrick Warrand from Wespine and Shane Schwarze from Laminex explained the Value Stream Mapping project that companies within the hub undertook, in collaboration with the Forest Products Commission and external consultants, to examine the entire softwood supply chain. This project exemplifies our renewable, sustainable industry and links to the circular economy.

Vince Corlett from Nannup Timber Processing discussed his company's progress in attracting significant funding through the Australian Government’s Regional Growth Fund, for their proposed Plywood Veneer Peeling Facility. The facility will use innovative new technology to extract a higher value product from sustainably managed timber resources.

Matt Granger spoke about the Bunbury Geographe Timber hub seeking formal recognition under the national forest industries plan. The federal government will work with industry and all levels of government to identify infrastructure needs and regulatory barriers impacting hubs, to turbo-charge forest industries by securing new resource opportunities.

From left: Matt Granger (FIFWA), Greg Meachem (Timber Insight), James Szabadics (Wespine), Vinnie Corlett (Nanup Timber Processing), Nola Marino (Forrest MP), Federal Minister David Littleproud, Shane Schwarze (Laminex), and Patrick Warrand (Wespine).

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