FORESTRY: Federal Assistant Agriculture Minister Anne Rushton announces funding for the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation in Launceston. Photo: Phillip BiggsA new $6 million research hub in Launceston will investigatehow we can innovate our forest management and manufacturing industry to make timber the product of the future.
FederalAssistant Agriculture Minister Anne Rushton announced on Tuesday that the federal government would invest in the$12 million rollout oftwo hubs in Tasmania and South Australia.
The National Institute for Forest Products Innovation will comprise of the two$6 million centres which will work together toresearch timber processing, wood fibre recovery and advanced manufacturing.
The two sites will receive $4 million from the federal government, $4 million from the forestry industry and $2 million each from their respective state governments.
The Launceston hub will be based at the University of Tasmania and the South Australian centre will work at Mount Gambier.
The two centres will work togetheron projects best suited to their areas and collaborate on forestry research and development.
Senator Richard Colbeck, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resource and Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston and Liberal Bass MHR Andrew Nikolic announce $12 million for a National Institute for Forest Products Innovation in Launceston. Picture: Phillip Biggs
Ms Rushton also announced that the federal government would commit to a further 20 years of the Regional Forest Agreement.
“We want to share information, to share research outcomes …there is no doubt that the opportunity for timber to become the building product of the 21stcentury is here,” she said.
“We’re seeking to accelerate the process of development so that we can be a world leader in engineered timber products in the future.”
UTASAustralian Research Council Centre for Forest Value deputy director Mark Hunt said the university hadbeen a leader inforests and forest product research for more than 25 years.
“We see the future of society depending on two platforms–one is sustainable environmental management and the other is development of sustainable infrastructure,” Professor Hunt said.
“I welcome any opportunity for there to be greater investment into research in the forestry sector.”
Forestry Minister Peter Gutwein said the government would work to create a strong andsustainable forestry industry in Tasmania.
“This is a fantastic outcome for Tasmania and demonstrates the positive outcomes that come from majority Liberal Governments working together to create jobs and growth.”
This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.