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Forestry Tasmania Transition

The Minister for Resources and the Treasurer announced a review of the Forestry Tasmania in September 2014.  Objectives of this review were:

  • to examine the most appropriate options to deliver economically viable and sustainable forest management and wood production outcomes for the State
  • to consider the Forestry Tasmania operating model, commercial arrangements and constraints and the impact on its financial performance
  • to identify options for the short term to limit the losses and consider the current and future role of Government in the public production forests.

The Final Report from this review was considered by Government in April 2015 and an in-principle decision has been made to restructure Forestry Tasmania's operating model to focus on growing trees, managing land and selling wood to domestic customers.

To inform a final decision on the details of the new model, a comprehensive program of industry and stakeholder consultation was undertaken during June and July 2015.  The State Government has considered the feedback from this consultation as part of the ongoing process to transition Forestry Tasmania to ongoing sustainability. A summary of the issues raised is available below.

In October 2016, the Minister for Resources addressed the Lower House, outlining the Government’s decisions on a number of matters relating to the future of the Tasmanian forest industry, including the restructure of Forestry Tasmania, and its renaming to Sustainable Timber Tasmania from 1 July 2017. The Minister’s statement is available below.

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