On 8 September 2021 the Western Australian Government announced native forest logging would end from 2024.
To help with the transition, the Native Forestry Transition Group (NTFG) has been established, consisting of local industry, union, and government stakeholders.
The role of the NFTG is to help develop a $50 million Just Transition Plan to support workers, businesses and communities in the South West with links to the forestry industry.
This plan will provide support to affected workers and businesses, drive further diversification of local economies and assist in identifying and securing sustainable job opportunities.
Woodchips were first exported from the region in the 1970s to supply paper pulp manufacturers.
Large scale bluegum plantations are now supplying woodchips to markets in Japan.
One of the largest integrated softwood milling and processing plants in Australia is located in Dardanup. The complex produces sawn pine timber and a range of reconstituted wood-based panels, including melamine faced panels, structural flooring and wet and dry flooring.
Particle board produced at the mill is used in Western Australia’s construction and furniture making industries with the remainder going to the eastern states of Australia and Asian markets.