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$15.1 million to address timber shortages with bushfire salvaged softwood

The Australian Government has today announced an additional $15.1 million investment to deliver bushfire-affected softwood to underutilised timber mills, and increase supply of structural timber to the housing and construction industry. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the government had listened to industry’s concerns to keep product moving. “This will provide vital [...]

By |2021-09-21T09:21:38+10:00September 21st, 2021|Media Releases|

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation board appointments

New directors appointed to Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. FRDC plays a pivotal role in fisheries research and development activities. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud has appointed seven non-executive directors to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) for a three-year term from 1 September 2021. “I congratulate these five new non-executive [...]

By |2021-09-01T14:45:02+10:00September 1st, 2021|Media Releases|

National Fisheries Plan consultation opens

Public consultation is now open on the National Fisheries Plan until 8 October 2021. Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said the National Fisheries Plan will aim to support and empower all sectors of the fishing and seafood community. “The National Fisheries Plan will drive sustainable growth of the Australian fishing and seafood [...]

By |2021-08-30T11:25:37+10:00August 30th, 2021|Media Releases|

Extension of lifeline for producers

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said the extension of the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is welcome assistance for seafood and aquaculture producers. “The Australian Government has committed $260.9 million to extend IFAM to 30 June 2022, to keep global air links open while global trade disruptions persist, taking our total commitment [...]

By |2021-08-27T18:08:58+10:00August 27th, 2021|Media Releases|

Finalists announced for University Wood Challenge

The four finalists of the 2021 National University Wood Challenge (NUWC) have been announced. Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said one team from the University of Tasmania, one team from Griffith University and two teams from the University of Melbourne have been chosen for the challenge. “Competitions like the NUWC are an [...]

By |2021-08-25T13:36:26+10:00August 25th, 2021|Media Releases|

Festivals helping drive tourism recovery in Tasmania

The Morrison Government is investing in Tasmanian tourism by funding four new festivals that will attract more visitors to the state and support local jobs and businesses. Our Government is providing $363,200 to support the: Beaker Street Festival; Bruny Island Bird Festival; Great Eastern Wine Week; and Junction Arts Festival. Minister for Trade, Tourism and [...]

By |2021-08-24T09:21:55+10:00August 24th, 2021|Media Releases|

Grants open to future-proof fisheries and forestry

Applications are now open for grants to invest in a future-ready agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector. Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonathon Duniam is encouraging young researchers, scientists and innovators in agriculture, fisheries and forestry to apply for the 2022 Science and Innovation Awards grant program. “Australia has a long and proud history of [...]

By |2021-08-18T09:36:25+10:00August 18th, 2021|Media Releases|

Government committed to National Forest Plan

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said he looked forward to working with the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) to progress the National Forest Industries Plan. “The Morrison Government’s target to reach one billion new trees by 2030 is an ambitious one,” Assistant Minister Duniam said. “We are committed to supporting State and [...]