- FPC Farm Forestry Assist now available to farmers wanting to plant pine trees
- Farmers eligible for a one-off payment of $500 per hectare or free seedlings
- Grants will support farmers to contribute to the sustainable future of WA forestry
Farmers and other landowners are invited to apply for Farm Forestry Assist, a one-off afforestation grant to plant radiata or maritime pine trees on their land in 2018.
Forestry Minister Dave Kelly launched the FPC Farm Forestry Assist grant program during his presentation to the 2018 World Forestry Day Dinner in Bunbury, hosted by the Leschenault Timber Industry Club.
The grant of $500 per hectare is available to landowners who are interested in establishing new 20 to 50 hectare plantations to support the State's vibrant softwood industry.
Farm Forestry Assist participants may opt for free, high-quality radiata pine seedlings from the Forest Products Commission's nursery instead of the $500 per hectare grant.
Criteria addressing the location, scale, soil, access and management of the plantations are in place to ensure that any resulting plantings have the capacity to contribute to the Western Australian softwood industry in a meaningful manner.
Applications close at 5pm on Friday April 27, 2018. For more information, visit http://www.fpc.wa.gov.au/farm-forestry-assist
Comments attributed to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly:
"The McGowan Government supports a strong, sustainable forestry industry into the future and sees opportunities for developing the softwood plantation resource on farms.
"Planting trees on farms provides a range of environmental and on-farm benefits, and has the potential to make a meaningful contribution to the forestry industry.
"The FPC Farm Forestry Assist grant program is in addition to the existing $21 million that the State Government has committed to increasing the softwood plantation estate.
"By providing this grant, the State Government is supporting our regional communities and the agriculture and forestry industries that underpin them."