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New sandalwood contracts open for tender

21 April 2016

Contracts for the future harvesting of wild Western Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) are now open for tender.

Forestry Minister Mia Davies said the structure of the Western Australian sandalwood harvest and haulage sector had been reviewed and changes introduced to complement broader reforms occurring across the State's sandalwood industry.

"These reforms are the result of extensive consultation with Western Australian sandalwood industry stakeholders, recommendations from a Parliamentary Inquiry and an external Contractor Leadership Group Review," Ms Davies said.

"The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is leading broader sandalwood industry restructure intended to develop social and economic opportunities for regional West Australians.

"Changes focus on encouraging new industry entrants, regional investment and jobs, increased resource regeneration and bringing benefits to communities that live in proximity to sandalwood supply areas."

Harvest contracts open for tender are in two components - primary services for larger contractors interested in harvesting more than 250 tonnes of resource per annum, and secondary services for smaller businesses looking to undertake smaller volumes of harvesting.

The competitive process is being overseen by a probity auditor and tenders will be assessed by an independently chaired evaluation panel.

The tender process will close at 3.00 pm on Friday, 10 June 2016 (Perth, Western Australia). Tenderers may lodge their offers by post, by hand delivery, or electronically through Tenders WA.

Mandatory tender briefings

A mandatory briefing for potential participants will take place in two locations - Perth and Kalgoorlie. Prospective tenderers must attend one of the two mandatory briefings. Failure to attend one of the briefings will result in your offer being ineligible for further consideration.

Kalgoorlie briefing

Date: Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Location: Railway Motel
Address: 51 Forrest Street, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Time: 11.00 am for 11.15 am start
Duration: Approximately 2 hours









Perth briefing

Date: Thursday, 12 May 2016
Location: Belmont Tavern
Address: 174 Wright Street, Cloverdale WA 6105
Time: 10.00 am for 10.15 am start
Duration: Approximately 2 hours









The mandatory briefing will explain the RFT process and documentation and provide an opportunity for respondents to raise questions.

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