Engagement with stakeholders is an integral part of our operations and is embedded in our core values.
The Forest Products Commission (FPC) was established in November 2000. Our role is to develop, market and sustainably manage the state’s high quality renewable timber resources for the people of Western Australia. We work with industry to deliver economic and social benefits in regional areas.
Effective stakeholder engagement assists the FPC to achieve an environmentally sustainable, renewable and commercially viable forest products industry. It is also essential to ensure our stakeholders’ needs and interests are consistently, transparently and meaningfully considered in our activities.
We are committed to engaging with and building constructive relationships with our stakeholder community. Our core principles for engagement are outlined in our stakeholder engagement policy.
Stakeholders are those people and organisations who can influence the FPC's outcomes, have an interest in, or are affected by the FPC’s activities. Our stakeholders can be grouped into the following broad categories:
- Suppliers and services providers
- Aboriginal groups
Engagement with Aboriginal peoples
Throughout Western Australia, Aboriginal people have connections to the land and waters. The FPC acknowledges this traditional ownership and we continually improve our practices and procedures to ensure the protection of their culture and heritage.
Engaging with Noongar peoples
The Noongar peoples are the traditional owners of the south-west of Western Australia.
The FPC has temporary access to certain publicly owned land to conduct timber harvest, forest treatment and replanting activities. We are committed to working cooperatively with the appropriate native title claim groups (and their legal representative bodies) within our operational areas to manage the impact or potential impact our operations may have on native title or cultural interests.
Our Statements of commitment: Engagement with Noongar Peoples in the South West of Western Australia was developed in collaboration with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and the Department of Parks and Wildlife and outlines the key principles and practices that we are committed to follow.
The FPC is committed to a strategic and prioritised approach when engaging with stakeholders and we aim to:
Actively seek to understand its stakeholders and acknowledge varying opinions, local knowledge and expertise. Where stakeholder expectations differ, we will endeavor to find an appropriate balance.
Provide multiple avenues for stakeholders to provide their feedback whether positive or negative.
Respond to concerns, feedback and complaints a timely manner.
Identify and pursue opportunities for collaboration and mutually beneficial relationships.
Build ongoing positive relationships with all its stakeholders in a proactive and constructive manner.
Ensure that information is communicated clearly and effectively.
The FPC believes that transparency and regular communication with stakeholders is important to ensuring mutual understanding of issues, concerns and opportunities.
To keep stakeholders informed and raise public awareness of the forest industry and FPC’s operations, we use a variety of methods including (but not limited to):
The FPC welcomes stakeholder input into our forest operations and practices at any time. Input can relate to a broad range of activities.
Get involved and have your say
The following are ways in which you can provide input:
- Annual timber harvest plans
Every year the FPC releases information of the native forest coupes which are planned to be harvested in full or in part during the forthcoming year under the Forest Management Plan 2014-2023. If you have feedback or concerns for any of the coupes listed on our current harvest plan or want to find out more about future harvesting operations, register your interest.
- Karri forest management plan
The FPC has developed a management plan for the karri forests to meet the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council’s® (FSC®) Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-30-010; FSC-C120630) and the associated FSC Australia’s High Conservation Values (HCV) evaluation framework. FPC sources timber from pure and mixed karri forest, which is available for harvesting under the Forest Management Plan 2014-2023. We encourage you to read our plan and provide comments and feedback.
- General feedback and complaints
Let us know how we can improve our practices and performance. Your feedback is always welcome and important to us. We will endeavour to respond to your feedback, complaintor concern in a timely manner.
In all cases where consultation has occurred, we strive to treat stakeholders fairly and with respect.
Register your interest
Do you have an interest in a particular area, region or topic?
To register your area of interest either complete our Stakeholder registration form, phone our head office on (08) 9363 4600 or contact our Community Engagement Leader.
Community Engagement Leader
Forest Products Commission
BUNBURY WA 6231
Phone: (08) 9725 5211