Forestry research in South Australia will get a $2 million boost with the State Government committing the funding over four years to the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NFPI), Mount Gambier Centre.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, David Basham said this extension of support for the Institute delivers on a recommendation by the Forestry Industry Advisory Council of South Australia.

“Forestry is a vitally important regional industry, contributing more than $1.6 billion to the state’s economy, directly employing approximately 5,500 people and indirectly supporting the employment of another 12,500,” Minister Basham said.

“The Green Triangle region is also home to 18 per cent of Australia’s total plantation estate.

“Not only are the research projects occurring in Mount Gambier benefitting existing local forestry operations but are also continuing that proud legacy of cutting-edge forest management and wood production nationally.”

Research areas currently being looked at by NFPI Mount Gambier include worker safety, carbon emission targets, forest management, advanced remote sensing, forest water use, biosecurity, fire detection and genetics.

“Supporting the important research occurring out of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation Mount Gambier research centre ensures the industry’s growth and sustainability into the future as it meets the challenges of the 21st century.

“Retaining the forestry research capability that has been developed in the Green Triangle region through NIFPI will help to drive the emergence of new and innovative products.

“Global demand for timber products is expected to quadruple by 2050 and this research work, in liaison with industry will go towards meeting that demand,” Minister Basham said.

The Australian and South Australian governments established the NFPI Mount Gambier Centre to investigate forestry innovation and strengthen the ties between research and industry’s strategic needs.

Sourced from the Premier of South Australia’s website: $2 million to grow forestry research in SA