About

A unified approach to growing the regional forestry and wood fibre industry.

The Green Triangle is unique in that it contains the breadth of the entire value chain – from seedling cultivation right through to final fibre processing. There is also depth to its value chain – from world leading, international corporations through to start-ups and micro businesses – all are looking for innovative solutions.

In early 2018, nine companies operating in the Green Triangle recognised that a unified approach to growing the regional forestry and wood fibre industry was required to strengthen it for future generations.

It was a unique collaboration representing a cross section of the industry – large and small companies, growers and processors, softwood and hardwood, Victoria and South Australia. Together, these entities represent about 90% of forest industries in the Green Triangle.

Later in 2018, the Federal Government announced its intention to fund defined regional forest industry hubs and launch the “Growing a better Australia” initiative – a billion trees for jobs and growth.” This initiative is aimed at facilitating and stimulating growth in the sector in order to meet growing demand for wood fibre and combat climate change.

The network was successful in its application for funding and the GTFIH was created in April 2019.

See the Hub’s Strategic Plan here 

The Green Triangle Forestry Hub

Purpose

To grow a vibrant industry, sustainable for the future.

Vision

To grow the forest estate by 200 million trees over the next decade, utilising every part of every tree we harvest.

Strategy

To grow the right trees, in the right place, at the right scale, with no waste, to support a world leading, local processing and manufacturing industry.

The Ultimate Renewable

Forests play an important role in keeping our air and water clean, providing renewable products for construction, securing thousands of jobs and providing beautiful spaces for us to enjoy.

It is a unique fact of forestry that the trees we enjoy and use today are the product of more than a century of commitment to this region. The trees are the legacy of many of our second, third and in some cases, fourth generation workforce. The industry relies on sound planning that anticipates evolving needs. Our approach is always long term and is critical to ensuring our children and grandchildren share in the same benefits that we enjoy today.

The benefits of forests

  • 01 Carbon capture
  • 02 Areas for recreation
  • 03 Jobs in Green Triangle
  • 04 Homes for Australians
  • 05 Clean water
  • 06 Oxygen
  • 07 Erosion control
  • 08 Renewability for long term
  • 09 Shelter for livestock and workforce
  • 10 Renewable fibre

01 Carbon capture

02 Areas for recreation

03 Jobs in Green Triangle

04 Homes for Australians

05 Clean water

06 Oxygen

07 Erosion control

08 Renewability for long term

09 Shelter for livestock and workforce

10 Renewable fibre

Our Principles

The implementation of the GT Hub’s Action Agenda will be informed by thefollowing principles:

Product

The Industry’s Product is supported by a mature approach with unrivalled expertise, well established facilities and assets, and in high demand for its quality. We will utilise new thinking and innovation to maximise the value of wood fibre.

Community

The Industry is highly connected and visible with the local Community. We will proactively engage with stakeholders in decisions that affect them.

Workforce

The Industry’s success is driven by its strong and safe Workforce. A workforce that sees more full-time employment, and higher wages relative to others in the region. Attracting, training and retaining the right people for tomorrow’s world is critical for continued success.

Environmental

The Industry is committed to Environmental stewardship. Significant opportunities exist, particularly in the Industry’s ability to help combat climate change through its role in the management of carbon. But the way must be carefully navigated with a strong, unified and loud voice.

Safety is a priority

Driving continued safety is a priority for the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub.

Board members ABP identified that operation of vehicles, both in transporting chips and logs, as well as light vehicles, represented the single largest risk to employee safety.

Subsequently, a commitment was made to develop a light vehicle driver safety training program video to reduce this risk by focusing on raising the awareness of not only safe operating procedures, but also to tackle the larger issue of fatigue management.

This video is used in ABP’s online induction process, ensuring every ABP employee and the employees of its contractors understand the high standard ABP has set with respect to the safe operation of light vehicles.