On the 8th of December 2016 FIFWA released the second industry policy document in the lead up to the 2017 State election titled Growing a Strong Future – A policy for Western Australia’s native forest industry.
Growing a Strong Future – A policy for Western Australia’s native forest industry paints the WA native industry picture. While there is growing demand for timber products both globally and nationally, including for the unique WA timbers jarrah, karri and marri, timber imports into Australia are set to increase to meet the growing demand.
In WA, there is an opportunity to meet this growing demand from both plantations and native forest timbers. Plantation and native timbers are complementary and meet different needs and applications. Our native timbers have unique qualities and this sector represents a key part of the State’s overall timber industry. Plantation timber cannot replace native timbers. If we do not maintain (and develop) the native based industry then imported timber volumes will increase to replace our jarrah, karri and marri timber.
The WA native timber industry is an important economic contributor to the WA economy significantly contributing to the $1.06 billion that the WA timber industry generates annually. The broader industry employs over 5400 people of which over 2400 people work in the native timber industry.
Growing a Strong Future – A policy for Western Australia’s native forest industry makes six key strategic recommendations to ensure the WA native industry can invest and grow to be able to meet the growing demand for timber.
To access a digital copy of the document please click here.