Forests Minister Leon Bignell said a four-week Expressions of Interest (EOI) process was open to potential investors and the Mid North community.
“This process is the latest phase of the Mid North Forests – Future Strategy – which is aimed at guiding discussion about the future of the Mid North forests following the extensive bushfires of 2013 and 2014,” Mr Bignell said.
“From the very beginning our position has been the need to retain and create jobs in the Mid North, and to realise the potential for recreation and tourism activities while maintaining the high value the local community places on the forests.
“The EOI process will determine if there’s interest in all or part of the land for a range of uses, which could include the harvest of timber, or sporting, tourism, agriculture or recreational developments in the region.
“Non-commercial proposals will also be accepted to help us consider future management options and priorities.”
Mr Bignell said EOIs would need to address criteria which clearly identify the benefits to the community and government.
“The criteria include the extent to which the proposal adds to the environmental, cultural, heritage, and community values associated with the Mid North Forests,” he said.
“Another key factor will be the impact of the proposal on the local community and the broader region, in particular the regional economy and job creation.”
A State Government information session will be held at the Wirrabara Institute on Wednesday August 12 from 5.30pm to 7pm, to explain the process, and help facilitate the preparation of proposals.
For more information, or to download the REOI documents, go to the Mid North forests future strategy page.