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Helsham package money allocated to forest industry projects

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PIE 89/303C 2 November 1989


Senator Peter Cook, Minister for Resources, presented a cheque for $3.54 million to Mr David Llewellyn, Tasmanian Minister for Forests, in Launceston today.

This is the first payment by the Commonwealth to establish six projects in Tasmania this financial year as part of the $50 million Tasmanian Forest Industry Package.

The package is an integral part of the settlement between the Commonwealth and Tasmania as a result of the Lemonthyme and Southern Forests Inquiry. Senator Cook pointed out that the package was an essential start in re-vitalising Tasmania's

forest industries.

The six projects, totalling $5.8 million, comprise the education and training component of the package, which is designed to develop skills within the industry, particularly on training in forest operations, furniture and craft design and

manufacture, and financial management and marketing.

Specific project details are attached.

"Fundamental to the long-term viability of the forestry and timber industry and its contribution to the Tasmanian economy is the utilisation of forest resources for their highest value product," Senator Cook said.

"These projects will lay the basis for developing the skills and design expertise needed to place the industry on a viable long term path of value-added manufacture.

"It recognises the tremendous growth prospects for high quality furniture and craft manufacturing in Tasmania, and builds on the skills and expertise already existing within the State."

Funding of the Industry Development Council would provide strategic planning, direction, co-ordination and market development for both the furniture and timber engineering-based industries. In-forest operational training to develop harvesting and sawmilling skills as a basis for enhancing value-added production would be met at the Hollybank Forest Reserve facility. ^


"Not only will these projects enhance the prospects of the industry in Tasmania, but various projects will also provide substantial benefits to the furniture manufacturing and craft industry across Australia, by establishing furniture research and development and enlarging the national design skill base," Senator Cook said.

"For example, the Australian Furniture Research and Development Institute, which will provide research, testing and accreditation services to the furniture and forest industries, will benefit the rest of the industry in Australia.

"There is no such existing facility in Australia capable or equipped to undertake this role, even though similar facilities exist overseas."

Senator Cook said the projects were developed by the Tasmanian Forestry Working Group, in conjunction with the Tasmanian Furniture Industry Training Council, the Tasmanian Forest Industries Training Council, the Tasmanian Guild of Furniture Manufacturers and a prominent, practising craftsman, to ensure the widest possible

representation in considering the most appropriate and beneficial projects.

"I am expecting further proposals from the Tasmanian Government relating to the $30 million native forest intensification/plantation element of the industry package. I am also awaiting details of the Tasmanian proposals concerning the veneer/sawlog value-adding

component of the package, for which some $7 million has been allocated."

Enquiries: Dominic Nagle (062) 777480



Approved funding allocation for the Education and Training component of the Tasmanian Forest Industry Package:

. Industry Development Council - located with AFRDI $0.15m - to oversee planning, direction, co-ordination and market development for the Tasmanian furniture and timber engineering based industries

. Australian Furniture Research and Development Institute (AFRDI) - Launceston $1.4m

- to provide research, testing and accreditation services to the furniture and forest industries. Services include testing of furniture and furniture materials, establishing working properties of timbers, developing veneer technologies, generating timber engineering data, providing accreditation and certification and providing consultation in production and specialist management areas to industry.

. High Technology Skills Centre - Furniture Industry Training Council/Technical & Further Education - Launceston $1.2m - to develop the furniture production and timber

processing streams of trades training, and to provide a facility which will enable the Furniture and the Forest Industry Training Councils to deliver appropriate training programs developed by those


. Post Graduate Furniture Design Research Program -University of Tasmania, Centre for the Arts - Hobart

- to provide the furniture and forest industries with innovative product design solutions as well as developing skilled designers for transition into the industries

. Huonville Woodskills Centre - southern Tasmania - to provide facilities for the development of wood working craft skills

. Forest Operations Training Centre at Hollybank near Launceston - to establish a facility for forest worker training programs with a particular emphasis on operational skills, safety,

segregation, harvesting and sawmilling skills




TOTAL $5.8m