The $27 million program supports the development of innovative new products and technologies in the forestry industry.
Forests Minister Leon Bignell said the successful applications covered a variety of projects aimed at increasing efficiency and value-adding to products from the state’s forests.
“In addition to the State Government funding, the six successful projects are also making their own substantial financial contributions, taking the total investment in the South East from this round of grants to around $25 million,” he said.
The successful projects are:
- South East Pine Sales Pty Ltd - $1.87m to implement a new softwood sawmill process and to install a Light Organic Solvent Preservative timber treatment facility.
- Roundwood Solutions Pty Ltd - $1.58m for a new combined gasifier and biochar plant using wood residue such as sawdust and shavings to produce biochar and generate heat. The heat will be used to produce steam to dry posts; the biochar will be sold as an agricultural fertiliser.
- H & L Scheidl Pty Ltd - $1m for a new kiln drying facility and treatment plant to add value to existing products and expand markets. The kiln will be heated by solar energy and a bio-plant using mill residue.
- 3RT Holdings Pty Ltd - $993,668 for a new Strand Technology Production Unit to transform low-value wood such as thinnings and damaged logs into high-value compressed timber products.
- Timberlink Australia Pty Ltd - $1.1m for a new high speed sorter, scanner, stacker, and grading system to deliver increased processing capability and to allow the existing mill to run at maximum capacity.
- Association of Green Triangle Growers Inc - $550,000 for feasibility studies into developing significant processing capability in the Green Triangle region.
Mr Bignell said phase one of SEPP awarded more than $15 million in grants, with phase two adding a further $4.5 million.
“With today’s phase three funding of $7.1 million, the total State Government and industry investment in the state’s South East through this program has reached $79 million,” he said.
“This investment will deliver terrific results for the forestry industry and to the associated support and service sectors in the region, which in turn will benefit workers, families, and communities in the South East.”
For more information on the SEFPP go to the South East Forestry Partnership program page.