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.
Has some of Australia’s best climate, topography and accessibility for plantations and wood fibre processing
Constitutes 17% of Australia’s plantations, or 334,000 hectares
Supplies $1.5 billion in forest industry economic output – 7% of the Green’s Triangle’s total economic output
Supports over 3,000 workers directly in the local region, and over 4,000 indirectly
Sees under 6% of its land used by plantations
Around 5.8 million tonnes of carbon is sequestered in Green Triangle plantations