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Final purchase negotiations begin on Mid North Forests

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Commercial negotiations on the future use of the Mid North Forest begin today with a variety of options under consideration to boost the region’s economy and create jobs.


Talks on commercial terms are starting on proposals for:

  • continued commercial forestry with new private owners of the forests
  • a new tourist accommodation business at Wirrabara
  • grazing and firewood businesses at Yarcowie and Leighton forests
  • transferring the sports grounds and recreation areas to the Bundaleer Sport and Recreation Association.

High conservation value areas of native vegetation and key recreational sites at Wirrabara forest will be transferred to the State’s reserve system.

Quotes attributable to Forests Minister Leon Bignell

Commercial in confidence negotiations begin today to secure the future use of the Mid North Forest estate and achieving the best possible outcomes for the region through retaining and creating jobs.

This has been a complex process. This is a big area of land we are dealing with, and we must ensure we deliver the best outcome. We expect the final details of the first four successful proposals to be announced very soon, while negotiations to finalise the more complex proposals will be concluded later in the year.

Until all arrangements are finalised, ForestrySA will continue the management of the Mid North Forest estate including fire management.

Background

The Bangor bushfire burnt 1,776 hectares of commercial plantations at Wirrabara in January 2014. This fire followed the February 2013 Bundaleer fire, where 427 hectares of commercial plantations were lost. From January to March this year, the State Government conducted the Mid North Forests Request for Proposal and 38 binding proposals were received.

For further information on the Mid North Forests Future strategy visit:
http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/forestry/mid_north_forests_future_strategy

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Kate Husband - Communications Manager, Primary Industries
Email: Kate.Husband@sa.gov.au
Phone: 0423 296 579

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