North West an obvious candidate for Forestry Hub

The Circular Head, Waratah-Wynyard and Burnie Councils welcome the Federal Government’s announcement of a $20 million investment into the Forestry Industry and look forward to future announcements in relation to establishing at forestry hub in Tasmania.

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said “The investment, focusing on renewable timber and the wood-fibre industry is expected to bring more jobs to our region, and will have a strong focus on research and development. This will help build on the excellent work already being undertaken by our forestry sector.”

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robby Walsh said “The funding will be used to grow the farm forestry industry as well as provide for research and development into forestry practices, to ensure we get more out of the wood we use and create better, more modern products from the wood that we harvest.”

Burnie City Council Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said “The funding will also be used to develop regional hubs, which will include investment into roads and ports. Our region is an obvious choice for one of these hubs, with plantation forestry an important sector in our economy and having a deep water Port of Burnie. Combined with recent news that Tasports is set to invest around $80 million here in the Port of Burnie, and the investment in the Bass Highway west of Burnie, this makes our region an ideal candidate.”

For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728