Mid North Forests - Future Strategy

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is working closely with stakeholders to determine a way forward for the Mid North Forests following devastating bushfires in recent years. The South Australian Government's approach is outlined in the Mid North Forests Future Strategy.

The Bangor bushfire burnt 1,776 hectares of commercial plantations at Wirrabara in January 2014. This fire followed the February 2013 Bundaleer fire, where 427 hectares of commercial plantations were lost.

In January 2016 the Government began a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. This closed on 11 March 2016 and almost 40 binding Proposals relating to potential future use of the Mid North Forest Reserves were received.

Consideration of Proposals

The inter-agency Mid North Forests Steering Committee is responsible for the Mid North Forests Future Strategy including consideration of the Proposals which will form their advice to the Minister for Forests.

Each proposal has been considered in detail to see how they address the RFP criteria:

  • how they can retain and create jobs
  • their broader impact on the community and regional economy
  • the extent that Proposals can add to the environmental, cultural, heritage and community values associated with the Mid North Forests.

Proposals were also considered to see how they:

  • address fire risk
  • represent value for money
  • complement any existing or proposed uses of the land.

This individual consideration of proposals is largely complete and PIRSA is in dialogue with respondents where confirmation or clarification of their respective proposals is required. PIRSA will not need to contact every respondent during this stage.

Proposals are also being examined to determine how compatible or complementary they are with any existing or proposed uses of the land and whether overlapping proposals present opportunities for added value.

Expected Timelines

Most of the proposals received are complex and it is important appropriate time is taken to consider. A decision on the future direction of the forests, including the finalisation of agreements for the first tranche of successful proposals, will be made by the end of September.The State Government will make final decisions based on the best outcomes for the region and South Australia.

The Government will keep Respondents and the community informed during the assessment process subject to commercial-in-confidence, probity and good governance considerations.

More information

Media releases:

Contact

Mr Rob Robinson, Director, Forestry, PIRSA
Email: pirsa.forestry@sa.gov.au.

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