The Federal Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonathan Duniam and local Member for Barker Mr Tony Pasin MP took the opportunity during the Assistant Minister’s recent visit to Mount Gambier to meet with Members of the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub.

South Australia’s forestry industry is innovative and sustainable and the Federal Government is with them every step of the way, as the Hub embarks on its plan to optimise fibre use, support investment in new manufacturing and grow more trees to create new local jobs.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said it was a pleasure to host Senator Duniam in Barker to tour world-class sawmills and meet with important businesses and organisations in the forestry industry.

“Forestry is a foundational industry in the Limestone Coast, and so important to the region.” Mr Pasin said.

“In the recent Federal Budget the Federal Government extended funding for the Regional Forestry Hubs network, including the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub, ensuring the important work of our local Hub will continue for a further three years.“

“The Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub represents the Federal Government’s commitment not only to the forestry industry, but also to the people of the South East.” Mr Pasin said.

Working with National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) and UniSA Mount Gambier, the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub amongst other endeavours, are developing a full evidence base on plantation water use to assist in dealing with climate change and pressure on the finite resource.

Green Triangle Forest Industries Executive General Manager Liz McKinnon said the industry was grateful for the ongoing Commonwealth Government support to deal with the major issue of water security, which is placing growing pressure on all primary industries.

“This extensive research, proudly being led by local specialists in their field through UniSA Mount Gambier and NIFPI, are building a robust evidence base on the truth of plantation water use in the Lower Limestone Coast region which will support industry to work proactively with government and other key stakeholders to attract fair and equitable access to water for all industries into the future.” said Ms McKinnon.