- Tender process underway for new contracts for harvesting wild WA sandalwood
- State Government promoting involvement of Aboriginal and regional communities in the industry
Contracts for the future harvesting of wild Western Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) are now open for tender.
Forestry Minister Mia Davies said the structure of the Western Australian sandalwood harvest and haulage sector had been reviewed and changes introduced to complement broader reforms occurring across the State's sandalwood industry.
"These reforms are the result of extensive consultation with Western Australian sandalwood industry stakeholders, recommendations from a Parliamentary Inquiry and an external Contractor Leadership Group Review," Ms Davies said.
"The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is leading broader sandalwood industry restructure intended to develop social and economic opportunities for regional West Australians.
"Changes focus on encouraging new industry entrants, regional investment and jobs, increased resource regeneration and bringing benefits to communities that live in proximity to sandalwood supply areas."
Harvest contracts open for tender are in two components - primary services for larger contractors interested in harvesting more than 250 tonnes of resource per annum, and secondary services for smaller businesses looking to undertake smaller volumes of harvesting.
The competitive process is being overseen by a probity auditor and tenders will be assessed by an independently chaired evaluation panel.
Mandatory briefings for tender participants will take place in Perth and Kalgoorlie-Boulder during May.
For more information, visit http://www.tenders.wa.gov.au
- The tender process closes 3pm (WST) on June 10, 2016
- WA's wild sandalwood is worth on average $11,000 per tonne and generated more than $25 million in revenue for the FPC in 2014-15
- The FPC is the State Government agency responsible for the harvesting and sale of WA sandalwood from Crown land (including land subject to pastoral leases)
- The Department of Parks and Wildlife is responsible for regulating and licensing the wild WA sandalwood industry on both private and public land
- For more information, visit http://www.fpc.wa.gov.au/go/sandalwood
Minister's office - 6552 5500