New forestry research centres to improve sustainability outcomes

Two new research centres have been identified as the preferred candidates to receive funding under the Albanese Government funded Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI) program after a competitive expressions of interest process.
Last year, it was announced that the University of Tasmania (UTAS) would host AFWI, a national research institute committed to advancing research and innovation to support Australia’s vital forest and wood product industries, by drawing on the best researchers and facilities across Australia.
The University of the Sunshine Coast and University of Melbourne will be invited to form AFWI research centres, joining a third research centre being established at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) in Launceston.
Each research centre will have access to $24.5 million in funding as part of the more than $100 million AFWI grant agreement with UTAS.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Murray Watt said that the three research centres in combination will provide good coverage of forest and wood products research.
“The three research centres will help us to enhance our wood products and systems, manage and sustainably expand our Australian forestry resources, transform wood residues into renewable products and energy solutions – all while helping to address the threat of climate change.” Minister Watt said.
“These research centres will help to transition the Australian forestry industry into a low emissions future.
“Innovation is key to progress and efficiency and this funding will allow these centres to look at new ways to ensure our forestry industries keep sustainability at their core.”  
The University of Melbourne Research Centre will be based at the Burnley Campus in Richmond, Victoria and University of the Sunshine Coast’s Research Centre will be based at the Sunshine Coast Campus in Sippy Downs, Queensland.
For more information on Australian Forest and Wood Innovations, visit the DAFF website.