The Request for Proposal (RFP) process will be used by the State Government to receive proposals that support regional economic growth, while ensuring environmental and community values are maintained.
Executive Director Forestry, Stuart West said the RFP was the most significant stage of the Mid North Forests Future Strategy which is led by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and been taking place throughout 2015. It follows the informative Expression of Interest (EOI) stage which closed in August.
“The State Government has been considering the full range of options for the Mid North Forests, including how fire risk is managed. Now we are at the most important period of this decision making process,” Mr West said.
“The previous EOI process sought ideas, business concepts and general propositions for potential future uses for the Mid North forests as well as to gauge market interest. These were non-binding but confirmed there is strong interest in using the land for a range of exciting opportunities which may involve the sale, lease, alternative management or use of forest lands.
“With the RFP process due to commence shortly, we will be looking for binding commitments which can be considered and negotiated to enable the Government to enter into contracts.”
Mr West said the proposals would be considered against a set of criteria which has been developed from the community and stakeholder feedback gathered by PIRSA as well as the EOI process.
Comprehensive information for prospective respondents is being finalised to enable the RFP to commence in January 2016.
All stakeholders on PIRSA’s Mid North Forests Future Strategy register will receive direct notification when the process commences.
Information will be available on our Mid-North forests future strategy page.