The Forest Products Commission’s 2016 Annual Report details the agency’s focus on industry partnerships, innovation, new investment and efficiencies developed in the forest product industry.
FPC works with the forest products industry to deliver environmental, economic and social benefits in metropolitan and regional communities and provides direct employment for more than 5,000 Western Australians working in timber-related industries, including forest management, harvesting, primary processing and manufacturing sectors.
This is my first report as Chairman of the Forest Products Commission. I am pleased to be a part of the forest products industry, which is an important contributor to Western Australia’s regional communities and economy.
I wish to thank my fellow Board members for their support and consistent contribution to the Commission's performance throughout the year.
The year also saw the appointment of Mr Stuart West as General Manager of the Commission. The Board and I look forward to working with Stuart to strengthen the forest and timber products industry.
Mr Ross Holt
From the General Manager
The Forest Products Commission is continuing to make good progress to ensure that it and the forest products industry are well positioned to meet future challenges and opportunities.
Key themes from the year have been around strengthening collaboration with industry and community, recovering from the Waroona bushfire and developing a new structure for the Western Australian sandalwood industry. All of this occurred while we continued our day-to-day operations – planning, harvesting, regeneration of forest and focussing on efficiency and safety.
Mr Stuart West
Operational and financial review
This year the FPC recorded a profit of $17 million, up from $9 million in 2014-15, and this was achieved as a result of business segments exceeding profit targets. The profits are a result of the buoyant sandalwood and housing markets
This provided the FPC with an excellent opportunity to reinvest in the softwood timber industry and it will see $40 million invested to expand the softwood estate, including $21 million to roll out the Softwood Industry Strategy.
Other highlights include the FPC's significant contribution to regional Western Australia, development of new markets for fire damaged timber and its ongoing support for the endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo.
More than $71 million in regional activity was generated through employment, purchasing services and supplying forest products. This was tempered by the loss of 3,300 ha of pines at the McLarty and Myalup plantations in the Waroona fires in January.
During the height of the fires, more than 30 FPC staff worked alongside the community and Parks and Wildlife in firefighting efforts and since then, the recovery of valuable timber has been undertaken.
The FPC has also planted more than 400 ha in fire damaged areas throughout the South West region and worked with Parks and Wildlife to plant more than 600 ha of maritime pine in the Yanchep region as foraging habitat for the Carnaby’s Cockatoo.
- Waroona wildfire
- Revitalising our sandalwood industry
- Auswest timbers
- Silviculture education