Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Mayor Anita Dow

Mayor Anita Dow

Council recently hosted a forum with key stakeholders in the private forests sector, so we could get a greater understanding of both the current issues and the opportunities for future growth for the industry, particularly for the Burnie region.

With a large proportion of the land area of the municipality of Burnie used for private forest plantations and associated activities; and a history and heritage of forest and timber industry since early settlement, Burnie City Council acknowledges the importance of the forest industry as a vital sector in the future economic prosperity of the region.

Of particular interest to Council is understanding: the current global context for forestry; the opportunities for value adding to current forest activities; infrastructure issues for the sector; regulatory issues for the sector; workforce and training issues and research opportunities.

Representatives from UTAS, ARC Centre for Forest Value, the Department of State Growth, Forico, Pentarch Forestry, and Forestry Tasmania attended the forum, and presented insightful information regarding their role in the forest industry.

One of the key outcomes of this forum is that Council now has a greater understanding of regional issues and opportunities, leaving us better positioned to advocate on behalf of the sector to both federal and state governments and other key stakeholders.

The recent announcement by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods that they are furthering their plans to establish a timber mill in Burnie is welcomed by Council and we look forward to working with all partied to progress this significant investment. Council has discussed the proposal with ASH.

COUNCIL will be considering the 2017/18 Annual Plan and Budget Estimates at tonight’s Council Meeting. The meeting starts at 7pm at the Council Chambers, 80 Wilson Street, Burnie and everyone is welcome to attend.