Forestry in the Green Triangle

The Green Triangle spans the border between Victoria and South Australia and is a premier location for growing and processing wood fibre.

01

Has some of Australia’s best climate, topography and accessibility for plantations and wood fibre processing

02

Constitutes 17% of Australia’s plantations, or 334,000 hectares

03

Supplies $1.5 billion in forest industry economic output – 7% of the Green’s Triangle’s total economic output

04

Supports over 3,000 workers directly in the local region, and over 4,000 indirectly

05

Sees under 6% of its land used by plantations

06

Around 5.8 million tonnes of carbon is sequestered in Green Triangle plantations

The last decade has seen the industry go from strength to strength, delivering increased output, sustaining local communities and supporting stable, long term employment in rural areas. It is one of the rare places in the world where all the ingredients of a successful industry can be found. It is:

Mature – its long history means the industry is stable and well invested with all needed assets to support growth. Critically, the industry holds unparalleled expertise with the growing and processing of radiata pine and Tasmanian blue gum.

Diverse – the industry spans the entire value chain in the Green Triangle. Its strength lies in the depth of its capabilities and its capacity to support the entire chain.

Renewable – the crux of the industry is the tree; a tree cab be replanted and grown in the optimal conditions of the Green Triangle to support a cyclical, and thus sustainable, industry.

Highly desirable – demand for wood fibre has increased and this will continue for reasons such as growing per capita use; desire for a versatile and environmentally friendly material; and a growing and diverse range of end uses due to advances in technology and engineered products.

Forestry in the Green Triangle

Prime

The Green Triangle is home to 186,000 residents and prime forestry land. It straddles the South Australian and Victorian border and supports and promotes industries dependent on arable and rich land given its prime climate, topography, natural water sources and soil structure.

Integral to

The Green Triangle contains 17% of Australia’s plantations. The region is integral to Australia’s forest industry, being one of the oldest plantation regions in the world and having unparalleled expertise in growing 32% of Australia’s Tasmanian blue gum and 23% of Australia’s radiate pine.

Neccessity

Wood fibre is a necessity for our way of life. The wood fibre grown is processed into a diverse range of products, with every member in the community reliant on this versatile, high quality and sustainable resource.

Strong

The Industry has a strong, cyclical value chain ensuring longevity and stability. 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 - yet also has depth to its value chain – from world leading, international corporations through to start-ups and micro businesses – with all looking for innovative solutions.

Supports

The Industry supports robust employment and income levels. It straddles the South Australian and Victorian border and supports and promotes industries dependent on arable and rich land given its prime climate, topography, natural water sources and soil structure.

Growing

Forecasts indicate a growing deficit of wood for Australia. Future demand for local wood and fibre is expected to remain high for the foreseeable future. The Industry is well placed to meet this demand but external barriers exist stifling the Industry’s ability to expand.