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New strategy to increase indigenous involvement in forestry.

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BACK Home | Media Releases AFFA02/221MJ - 7 November 2002

Federal Minister for Forestry and Conservation - Senator Ian Macdonald Federal Minister for Immigration Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs - Philip Ruddock

New strategy to increase Indigenous involvement in forestry

The Commonwealth is calling for tenders to develop a National Indigenous Forestry Strategy, the Federal Ministers for Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald, and Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Philip Ruddock, announced today. The deadline for applications is Thursday 5 December 2002.

The strategy, which will be jointly funded by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Australia (AFFA), will help encourage greater involvement by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities in Australia's forest growing, timber processing and associated industries.

The Ministers said that the strategy would boost the economic independence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country, as well as benefit Australia's forestry sector.

"The strategy will examine the barriers that prevent Indigenous Australians from participating in our forest industries," they said. "More importantly, it will identify practical, long-term ways of overcoming those impediments."

The Ministers said the successful tender would be expected to consult widely with Indigenous communities and industry stakeholders, and prepare a report that includes recommendations on what needs to be done and the best ways of achieving it.

"The report will need to provide recommendations and strategies that are both practical, deliver long-term benefits to all parties and can demonstrate tangible, on-the-ground results," they said.

"A high-level steering committee comprising representatives from AFFA, ATSIC, the States and industry will oversee the strategy's development.

"The National Indigenous Forestry Strategy is another excellent example of different areas of the Government working together for the benefit of our rural industries and the countless communities across regional Australia that depend on them."

The tender and selection documentation is on the AFFA website- - and ATSIC It's also available by calling Sasha Woods on (02) 6272 4089 or

Further media inquiries: Senator Macdonald's office: Kelly Stevens 0405 191 732. Minister Ruddock's office: Jeremy Chitty 0418 971 042.  

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