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Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry


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


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 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


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)


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