South West Timber Hub Sundowner

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On the 5th of September 2019 the Bunbury Geographe Economic Alliance partnered with the South West Timber Hub and Forest Industries Federation WA to provide a networking opportunity and update on the Timber Industry.

Special guest Ross Hampton, recently appointed vice chair of the UN FAO Advisory council on sustainable forest based industries, explained how forestry can play a big role in offsetting carbon emissions from other industries. Ross also provided an update on the forestry goals of the Federal Government and how they specifically relate to the Bunbury Geographe region.

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Chris McNamara (BGEA), Ian Telfer (WAPRES), Wendy Perdon (SW Timber Hub), Hon Nola Marino MP, Matt Granger (FIFWA), Ross Hampton (AFPA)

A second presentation from Ian Telfer, CEO of WAPRES, informed attendees on how the South West Timber Hub was formed. Starting from a cluster group brought together through the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan process, the local timber businesses saw the value in working together to streamline existing processes for cost savings, and exploring new market opportunities.

As the first official Timber Hub in Australia, the South West Timber Hub have gained a large amount of recognition leading to funding from the Federal Government.

Wendy Perdon has been engaged as project manager of the Timber Hub and provided attendees with an update on some of the projects and market opportunities currently being explored.

Wendy also provided the group with an update on the State Government’s Djarlma Plan launch and its implications.

A link to the Djarlma plan can be found here.

Thanks go to special guests Ross Hampton, Hon Nola Marino MP and all who attended.

The event was a great success and everyone enjoyed viewing the use of reclaimed local Jarrah in the newly opened Yours or Mine restaurant.