Establish a Launceston hub of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation

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Project Description

The Launceston Hub of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation will investigate innovation in areas such as forest management, timber processing, wood fibre recovery, advanced manufacturing and the bio-economy. It is based at the University of Tasmania (UTas) and will work closely with UTas.

Establish a Launceston hub of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation

Progress Statement

The Hub was officially opened by Minister Ruston (Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources) and Minister Barnett (Tasmanian Minister for Resources) on 14 December 2017.

The Launceston Hub of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation is based at the University of Tasmania (UTas) and allied with the Launceston School of Architecture and Design - furthering the University’s reputation as a research institution. This supports the development of the University precinct that builds participation, research and development and industry connections.

The industry committee, which includes non-voting members from UTas, the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government, has met and agreed on the key priorities for the first call for research proposals.

Proposals will be sought for research and development projects in the following priority areas relating to Tasmania’s forest resources: improved utilisation of the forest resource, new product development, non-timber forest products and services, and improved efficiency and safety along the supply chain. This call was advertised in June 2018.

Next Steps and Milestones

Q4 2018: First call for projects completed and successful projects commissioned.

Ongoing: Subsequent calls for projects.

Q4 2021:  Summary report of program outcomes.

Financial Information

Cost: $4 million

Funding partners: 

  • $2 million - Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
  • $2 million - Department of State Growth (Tasmania).

Responsibilities

The Australian and Tasmanian Government will each provide $2 million, with contributions also sought from industry. The governments have commissioned Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA)  to provide administrative support to the Launceston Hub.