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Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry

Meetings

Meetings of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry (the MAC) are convened regularly, at least quarterly.

Membership

Membership is determined by the Minister and members are drawn widely from the forests and forest products sector.

Current MAC members are:

Hon Guy BarnettMinister for Resources (Chair)
Mr Terry LongDeputy Chair
Mr Terry EdwardsForest Industries Association Tasmania
Mr Tom FiskPrivate Forests
Ms Karen HallTasmanian Forest Contractors Association
Mr Peter SkillernTasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
Mr Andrew DenmanTasmanian Special Timbers Alliance
Mr Robert ToreniusTasmanian Sawmillers Association
Mr Steve WhiteleyForestry Tasmania

Purpose

The Minister for Resources established the MAC in 2014 to inform him of the broad range of views regarding management and use of our forests, and to work with the Government to develop a strategy to grow the forest industry and to create jobs.

The MAC has been established to identify, support and promote strategic opportunities for the short, medium and long term to increase the value of Tasmania’s forest industry, with input from a wide range of stakeholders.

Terms of Reference (182KB PDF)

Role

The MAC is responsible for:

  • informing the Minister on issues affecting forests and the forest industry, including third party certification, resource security, supply chain security, residue markets, value adding, and market security;
  • advising the Minister on opportunities for, and impediments to, growth of Tasmania’s forest industry;
  • supporting Tasmania’s forest industry in the community and markets; and
  • advising the Minister on key operational and strategic policy direction and requirements relating to forests and the forestry industry, including development of a Strategic Forest Industry Growth Plan.

Sub Committees

The Minister, in conjunction with the Council has formed the following sub-committees to progress specific issues:

  1. Special Species Timber Sub-Committee

Strategic Growth Plan

A key role of the MAC is to advise the Minister on opportunities for the growth of Tasmania’s forest industry, including development of a strategic forest industry growth plan.

The MAC has presented a Strategic Growth Plan for the Tasmanian Forests, Fine Timber and Wood Fibre Industry (Growth Plan) to the Minister for Resources, the Honourable Guy Barnett.

Strategic Growth Plan for the Tasmanian Forests, Fine Timber and Wood Fibre Industry (1.3 MB PDF)

The Growth Plan has been developed by the Council to provide direction to enhance employment and profitability in Tasmania’s forest sector. The elements of the plan are consistent with the 2016 recommendations of the National Forest Industry Advisory Council, made to the Australian Government to enhance the national industry.

The Growth Plan is based around the following eight core elements, with strategies recommended for each of these elements.

  1. Meeting Community Expectations
  2. Tasmania’s Wood and Wood Fibre Resource
  3. Research, Innovation and Extension
  4. Encouraging Investment
  5. Essential Public Infrastructure
  6. Market Development and Strategic Marketing
  7. Skills Retention and Development
  8. Industry Representation and Collaboration

The Minister for Resources intends to provide a formal response to the Growth Plan’s recommendations from the Tasmanian Government as part of the 2017-18 budget process.