Report on Activities undertaken
Activities listed in work plan
Activities undertaken and comments
There will be in increase to the Pine plantation estate within the SW Timber Hub of at least 50,000h over 5-10 years
Strategy 1 - Develop a ‘land suitability assessment’ that will inform industry to allow the right trees to be planted at the right scale in the right place
1.1 In consultation with key stakeholders develop a scope of work to include at least
Upon review it was found that this body of work (except the impact of the SW Land Settlement) already existed.
Therefore it was decided not to replicate this work
Strategy 2 – Develop information for private farm forestry aggregation which will allow smaller private land owners to aggregate their plantations.
2.1 Aggregate current material available on
2.2 Develop a standardized format for this information
2.3 Where suitable information is not available develop information sheets
A consultant’s brief was developed to undertake this body of work and D G Burnside & Associates were the successful consultants.
Healthy woodlands and forests will ensure a sustainable industry into the future.
Strategy 1 – Implement identified value stream mapping projects
1.1 Increase value to first and second thinning (T1 & T2) of pine plantation harvests
1.2 Value add to small diameter logs
1.3 Increase residue recovery and markets
1.4 Undertake an analysis of the recently delivered ‘Harvest and Haulage Value Stream Mapping report
1.5 Trial regular ‘wood flow’ meetings
Strategy 2 - Develop Advanced Manufacturing Hubs that will assist in optimizing the value of every tree harvested.
2.1 Appoint a consultant to undertake a detailed assessment on the requirements of a Collie based Advanced Manufacturing Hub as a trial site for future sites
The consultant will submit a report and deliver a briefing to the project steering group.
2.2 Make available to industry the information collected to allow them to develop an ‘Industry Led Proposal’ funding submission to State Government
1.1 & 1.2 Research has been undertaken by Wespine to review equipment options to allow for greater processing of T1 & T2 small diameter logs.
1.3 SW Timber hub developed a consultant’s brief to undertake Adaptive Residue Harvesting trials. USC were the successful consultants. And were appointed on 29/07/2020.
Negotiations are currently underway with FPC to identify a suitable coup to undertake the trials. It is anticipated that these trials will be completed in October 2020
1.4 A review of the harvest and haulage value stream mapping noted the key areas of improvement is in relation to Safety.
1.5 The hub facilitates monthly (weekly during the height of the COVID 19 impacts) between FPC and key softwood customers.
2.1 A consultants brief was developed and Synergies Economic Consulting were the successful contractors.
They were appointed on 16/12/2019.
They delivered a prefeasibility study on the advanced manufacturing hub (see attachments 4, 5 & 6)
This report has been used by industry to apply to WA Stage Government for funding under the ‘Collie Futures Industry Development Fund. The proponents have been successful in the first stage of the two stage application process and are currently developing their stage 2 application
The industry will be supported by a proud, progressive and skilled workforce
Strategy 1 – Working with key industry stakeholders identify the skill required for the industry of the future.
1.1 Work with industry to identify skill demands in the future
Strategy 2 - Undertake a skills gap analysis
2.1 Undertake an industry skills audit and gap analysis
2.2 Share the data with Industry and training partners such as TAFE to develop a skills development plan.
A ‘forest Industry Safety and Training Cooperative’ has been formed to work with the industry to improve safety and skills.
The steering committee for this group consists of representatives from all sectors and regions.
A training needs survey was undertaken in June 2020 to assist the industry to develop a cost effective and efficient training process and package.
The survey results have been collated (appendix 8) and discussions regarding skill development are underway with training providers.
A transparent organization that has engaged stakeholders
Strategy 1 – Ensure appropriate corporate governance and compliance practices.
1.1 Have monthly meetings of the South West Timber Hub Steering Committee
1.2 Annual budgets prepared
1.3 Bi-monthly accounting reporting to the Steering Committee
1.4 Agreed work plan and reporting mechanisms with the Federal Government
1.1 Monthly meetings have occurred
1.2 An annual budget has been prepared and is reported against the bi-monthly compliance meetings
1.3 Bi-monthly compliance meetings discuss budget and any grant related issues
1.4 All workplan and reports have been submitted and approved by the Federal Government.