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Mapping the future

North Queensland Regional Forestry Hub Manager Hulton King recently attended the Developing Northern Australia Conference in Mackay to present on a report commissioned by the Hub, “Emerging Forestry Opportunities for Northern Australia using GIS Hotspot Analysis”.

 

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a digital system that can be used to store, manage, analyse, display, and communicate landscape related information, in this instance, about forestry and its influencing factors, drivers, and constraints. This foundational platform can assist the Hub in providing meaningful guidance to Government and Industry. 

 

The soon to be published report contains mapping showing that given a 10 factor increase in prospective plantation forestry for the regions and a 30 factor increase for native forestry, there is significant opportunity to further investigate hotspot areas. While many forestry planning matters are yet to considered or applied to these areas, this foundational analysis will assist in guiding future investigation and investment across the hubs’ various bioregions, and adopting new information from subsequent Hub research and collaboration. See the poster that was on display at the conference promoting the project here.

NQ Regional Hub Manager Hulton King met with Mick Stephens, CEO, Timber Queensland  at the Developing Northern Australian Conference., 

Have your say: adhesives and engineered wood products

The Forest Product Innovations (FPI) team at the Salisbury Research Facility, a part of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) are conducting a review of the current knowledge and attitudes towards adhesives used and the products that are produced throughout the Australian timber industry.

 

The team are surveying industry regarding the manufacture of sawn timber engineered wood products (EWPs) including; glulam, cross laminated timber (CLT), edge glued panels and blockboard along with veneer and fibre based EWPs including; plywood, laminated veneer lumber, particle board and medium density fibreboard (MDF).

 

More information about the review and the questions FPI DAF are seeking your answers to is available here.

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Five new research projects announced for the South & Central Queensland Regional Forestry Hub

The South & Central Queensland Regional Forestry Hub has engaged forestry and technical experts to deliver five new research projects to assist in increasing the productivity and sustainability of the region’s forest and timber  industry.

 

Hub Manager, Kerry Fullarton said industry stakeholders have put considerable thought and planning into identifying projects the hub should support to build a stronger industry.

 

“It has been a pivotal year for the hub as we formalised our steering committee, identified priority themes and delivered a strategic review workshop to determine the opportunities and barriers for the forestry and wood products sector in our region,” said Mrs Fullarton.

 

“We also made significant progress facilitating working groups to develop expressions of interest for projects to be funded by the hub,” she said.

 

The key themes being addressed in the suite of new projects include Native Forest Management, Manufacturing Competitiveness and Bioenergy & Carbon.   Read more.

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Supporting the "Decision Tree"

Kerry Fullarton, South + Central Queensland Regional Forestry Hub Manager recently attended the National Carbon Farming Conference and joined Hub Managers from NSW, VIC and SA at  an exhibition stand promoting the WA Regional Forestry Hub project ‘Decision Tree’. 

 

The Decision Tree tool has been designed to rapidly assess the suitability of WA farms for plantation forestry, as well as provide information and assistance to landowners seeking to plant trees.

Farm forestry provides an opportunity for landowners to plant a long term crop for timber production, while offering multiple benefits along the way. These benefits include:

  • providing shelter for stock and crop

  • increased biodiversity

  • other environmental benefits such as decreased erosion

  • habitat restoration

  • increased water quality

  • salinity control

  • diversification and an alternative source of income.

Regional Hub Managers discuss the Decision Tree (L-R) South + Central QLD Kerry Fullarton, Murray Region NSW  Phil Clements, Central West NSW Heath Molden, South West WA Wendy Perdon, Gippsland Lesia Clarke.

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South + Central Queensland Regional Forestry Hub announces targeted EOI’s for research and development projects

Manufacturing competitiveness, bioenergy and carbon are focus areas for a South + Central Queensland Regional Forestry Hub’s round of projects released today for an expression of interest (EOI) process closing 1 April 2022.

 

Hub Manager Kerry Fullarton says the Hub, which was established as part of the Commonwealth Government’s National Forest Industries Plan, is focused on leveraging and implementing projects to boost productivity and growth in the sector to meet Australia’s future needs for wood and fibre in the next decade. Read more

North Queensland Forestry Hub appoints inaugral manager

After a thorough selection process by the regional Steering Committee, Hulton King has been appointed as Hub Manager. Mr King, who grew up planting hoop pines over weekends at his family’s Atherton Tablelands property, has previously worked across a range of Government-sponsored research projects in the region as a programs manager for the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. His recent appointment to the Terrain NRM board as an emerging leader was an opportunity to identify the need for more robust regenerative economies for the region.

 

“The timber industry already generates $70 million of economic activity in the region and I look forward to working with local suppliers, stakeholders and timber users to assist in furthering North Queensland’s forest and timber industry,” said Mr King. Read more

Hulton King (pictured on the left) meets with Timber Queensland CEO Mick Stephens (pictured on the right).

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South-East + Central Queensland forestry hub management team ready to get to work

The South-East Queensland regional forestry hub took a big-step forward last week with the appointment of the management team to implement and progress further development of the industry in the region.


After a thorough selection process by the regional Steering Committee, Kerry Fullarton has been appointed as Hub Manager. Kerry has over 30 years’ experience as a senior manager for a range of Government sponsored and private sector projects. With a strong background in stakeholder engagement and project management, Kerry said she has delivered a broad range of skills based and business outcomes in the local area. Read more

Strategic Review Workshop: Long-term investment a ‘must’ for a
sustainable industry to meet demand

If feed-back was a meal, participants at a recent Queensland strategic forest industry review workshop on Monday enjoyed a banquet. Response from the workshop run in Maryborough by the South and Central Queensland regional forestry hub “was incredible”, said hub manager Kerry Fullarton.  The workshop was the hub’s first step in engaging industry, bringing together 40 industry leaders. Priorities were identified and tasks allocated to the most suitable organisation. Read more 

Article supplied by Timber & Forestry eNews 

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