Wild Western Australian sandalwood grows naturally in remote and arid areas of the State, thriving where other resources struggle. Investment is required in these areas to maximise value for local communities. In 2016, contracts for the native sandalwood industry were restructured to expand regional development and create new opportunities for Aboriginal communities.
- The Forest Products Commission will foster the Australian Dutjahn Botanical Products joint venture to develop a new sandalwood oil processing facility in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
- Up to 200 tonnes of Western Australian sandalwood will be released for tender each year to encourage innovation and investment in regional and Aboriginal communities.
- Develop a Transition to Plantations Strategy to encourage investment in Western Australian sandalwood plantations.
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