- Forestry (Unlocking Production Forests) Bill 2017
- Wood and Fibre Processing Innovation Program 2016
- Rebuilding Tasmania's Forest Industry
- Forestry Tasmania Transition
- Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA)
- Permanent Native Forest Estate Policy
- Special Species Timber Management Plan
- Management and Utilisation of Forest Residues
- Contractor and Employee Programs
- Forest Stewardship Council Certification for Forestry Tasmania
- Past programs and information
- Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry
- Tasmanian Wood Encouragement Policy
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 Barnett||Minister for Resources (Chair)|
|Mr Terry Long||Deputy Chair|
|Mr Terry Edwards||Forest Industries Association Tasmania|
|Mr Tom Fisk||Private Forests|
|Ms Karen Hall||Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association|
|Mr Peter Skillern||Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association|
|Mr Andrew Denman||Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance|
|Mr Robert Torenius||Tasmanian Sawmillers Association|
|Mr Steve Whiteley||Forestry 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.
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.
The Minister, in conjunction with the Council has formed the following sub-committees to progress specific issues:
- 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.
The Growth Plan was 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.
- Meeting Community Expectations
- Tasmania’s Wood and Wood Fibre Resource
- Research, Innovation and Extension
- Encouraging Investment
- Essential Public Infrastructure
- Market Development and Strategic Marketing
- Skills Retention and Development
- Industry Representation and Collaboration
Strategic Growth Plan – Tasmanian Government Response
The Minister for Resources has provided a formal response on behalf of the Tasmanian Government, to the Growth Plan’s recommendations as part of the Tasmanian Government’s 2017-18 budget process.