Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    Government increases support for Aboriginal involvement in sandalwood industry

    25/01/2021 12:00 PM
     
    • ​McGowan Government will implement the recommendations of the WA Sandalwood Taskforce Report to support economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in the sandalwood industry
    • Changes to sandalwood harvesting quota allocations will support and encourage Aboriginal groups seeking sandalwood licences
    • An Aboriginal sandalwood industry body will be created to assist in the implementation of other recommendations to further support Aboriginal engagement

    Forestry Minister Dave Kelly and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson have today announced that following the close of public submissions on the Sandalwood Taskforce Report, that the McGowan Government will implement all the recommendations contained in the Report.

     

    The McGowan Government will immediately put measures in place to implement Recommendation 6, which called for a change to increase the portion of the total quota of wild sandalwood that is available on both Crown land and private land for Aboriginal groups seeking a harvesting licence.

     

    There will be no increase to the total amount of wild sandalwood harvested.

     

    The McGowan Government will also establish an Aboriginal Sandalwood Industry Body to assist the Government in implementing the other recommendations from the Report.

     

    Comments attributed to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly:

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting Aboriginal economic development and greater involvement in the Western Australian sandalwood industry.

    "This change will create greater flexibility and assist Aboriginal groups looking to participate in the sandalwood industry.

     

    "The McGowan Government will implement all of the recommendations from the Taskforce Report to support further Aboriginal participation in the sandalwood industry."

     

    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "The Western Australian sandalwood resource is unique as the world's largest and the only remaining wild resource managed for the long-term conservation of the species and sustainability of the industry.

     

    "The McGowan Government is acting to provide greater opportunities for Aboriginal people to participate in the industry without impacting the long-term sustainability of this outstanding natural resource."

     

    Forestry Minister's office - 6552 6100

    Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800