The demand for wood products continues to increase as a result of both population growth and the use of wood products in new applications. Innovations in technology and processes are paving the way for new industries based on forest resources.
We are committed to transforming the native forestry industry into a higher-value, sustainable sector. The potential establishment of a veneer processing industry is aimed at supporting this transformation through improving the utilisation of forest resources and the development of new primary processing industries and more sufficient supply chains.
Resource security is critical to facilitating new investments. Ongoing private sector investment is necessary to expand the State’s softwood estate, and we will continue to encourage investment from landowners through initiatives like our Farm Forestry Assist grants program.
We will be expanding our processes in the sandalwood sector through the implementation of a quality assurance program and a chain of custody system, to assure customers their sandalwood is from a legal and sustainable source.
We will continue to improve our business with the implementation of an electronic delivery note system and an investment in new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, which will enable smooth transfer of data to-and-from the field.
We are committed to working with other government departments and Aboriginal peoples to increase opportunities for Aboriginal economic development through forest management operations and the development of new regional industries.