Forests Minister Leon Bignell said more than 40 proposals have been received in relation to developing the Wirrabara and Bundaleer forests.
“Other proposals include commercial forestry, four-wheel drive access, motorcycles and long distance trails for walking and cycling in the forests, as well as proposals for intensive livestock production,” he said.
“The State Government is now in the process of examining the proposals in more detail. We are particularly looking at how the proposals could retain and create jobs and have a broader impact on the regional economy.
“We also are considering how the proposals could add to the environmental, cultural, heritage and community values associated with the Mid North Forests.
“The Government might need to seek further information and research on some of the proposals to understand their suitability.”
The EOIs received will inform the nature of any subsequent competitive process or processes that could include tendering the sale, lease or management of various portions of the land.
“This may involve further steps including discussions and negotiations with selected parties for the purpose of finalising commercial arrangements and implementing the relevant proposals.”
The process is expected to conclude at the end of 2015.
There is more information on the the Mid-North Forests Future Strategy page.