New Regional Forestry Hub launched in Eden, aims to 'support growth and innovation'

Australia's eleventh Regional Forestry Hub has been launched in Eden, a $1.1million investment by the Morrison government to "support growth and innovation in forest industries".

Rob de Fégely AM (left) - director of Margules Groome Consulting and proposed South East NSW Forestry Hub Manager, with Senator Jim Molan (centre) shaking hands with Malcolm McComb (right), chair of Eden Regional Forestry Hub. Photo supplied.

Rob de Fégely AM (left) - director of Margules Groome Consulting and proposed South East NSW Forestry Hub Manager, with Senator Jim Molan (centre) shaking hands with Malcolm McComb (right), chair of Eden Regional Forestry Hub. Photo supplied.

Established across Australia under the National Forest Industries Plan, the Regional Forestry Hubs have totalled a cost of $19.8 million.

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said the Morrison government had responded to industry calls to establish a hub in the Eden region and would continue to deliver on its commitments to Australia's forest industries.

"The Eden region has considerable potential for future growth and innovation in both native forest operations and plantations," assistant Minister Duniam said.

"The Eden hub will work with the forestry industry to identify limitations for existing processing facilities and wood resources, and find innovative solutions to support future opportunities for value adding.

"This new hub brings the total number of regional forestry hubs to 11 around the country, which are bringing together local forest industries and communities to develop strategic visions and regional analysis to drive growth in Australia's forest industries."

The launch of the hub took place at the Pentarch Export Facility, the home of Allied Natural Wood Exports (ANWE). Photo supplied.

The launch of the hub took place at the Pentarch Export Facility, the home of Allied Natural Wood Exports (ANWE). Photo supplied.

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan applauded the establishment of the hub and welcomed what it would deliver for the Eden region.

"I congratulate Mr Malcolm McComb on his appointment as inaugural chair of the Eden Regional Forestry Hub and look forward to working with him and forest industries in the Eden region," Senator Molan said.

"The Eden region has a rich forestry history, knowledge and experience to draw on and high potential for future growth. Hub members will get to work immediately to identify the opportunities and challenges facing the region.

"I am proud that the Morrison government is continuing to work with our forest industries to meet the challenges of the future and drive growth and innovation in regional Australia."

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan applauded the establishment of the hub and welcomed what it would deliver for the Eden region. Photo supplied.

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan applauded the establishment of the hub and welcomed what it would deliver for the Eden region. Photo supplied.

A media release from Senator Molan's office stated, "Despite drought, COVID-19, floods and fires, the farming, fishing and forestry sectors are projected to be worth over a record $78billion in production value this year."

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