Minister for Forests Bignell said the State Government wanted to ensure jobs were created and the region’s economy was prosperous.
“Given the extent of damage caused by the bushfires in recent years, a business as usual approach for the Mid North Forests is not an option,” he said.
“Industry, community and government must work together to find solutions and this next step – the Request for Proposal (RFP) - will help determine the future use of the forests,” he said.
“It’s our priority to support regional economic growth, while balancing environmental and community values.
“It became clear during the former phase – the Expression Of Interest - there was huge potential for expanded and new enterprises to employ people in the Mid North region.
“Recreation and tourism, commercial forestry, grazing, horticulture and cropping or alternative management could be uses for some of the land where the forests have been destroyed.
“With this RFP process we are looking for binding commitments which we can consider and negotiate with the view of entering into contracts.”
“The proposals will be complex and it will take time to work through them but I am hoping a final decision will be made this year.
Each proposal will be considered against criteria including:
- job creation
- regional development
- value for money
- environmental, cultural, heritage and community values
- fire risk.
An information session to explain the RFP process will be held for those who register via the South Australian Tenders and Contracts website.
To download the Mid North Forests Future Strategy Request For Proposal documents, visit www.tenders.sa.gov.au