New NT body formed to represent forestry

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A new body representing forestry has been formed in the Northern Territory. Forest Industry Association Northern Territory represents all major forestry enterprises in the Northern Territory, which produces around $115 million worth of timber products annually, employs around 170 people directly, and manages 42,000 hectares of plantations and large areas of native forests. Source: Timberbiz

The inaugural president is Frank Miller.

Mr Miller is the Chief Executive of African Mahogany Australia, an agribusiness management company that manages the world’s largest African mahogany plantation along with cropping for cattle feed production in the Northern Territory for a number of clients.

He has more than 20 years’ forestry experience and worked for growers in Tasmania prior to moving to Darwin in 2011.

The CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association Ross Hampton said Northern Territory forestry had real growth potential.

“The top end of Australia has real potential for renewable forest products industries. It is close to developing markets in Northern Australia and South East Asia, which meet a growing demand, and help indigenous communities meet the goals they want to achieve for economic development and financial independence,” he said.

“FIANT has also set as a goal to play a major role in helping the NT economy recover from the CoVid-19 pandemic, and it is well placed to do that, as, like all sectors of the sustainable forest products supply chain around the country it is providing an essential service which did not stop.

“AFPA is looking forward to working with their NT colleagues to help get the message out in the NT that sustainably managed forests are to be embraced.”

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