- WA Government is seeking Expressions of Interest from the community to be part of the Native Forestry Community Advisory Group
- The group will assist the Minister for Forestry in considering and advising on projects seeking financial assistance through the Community Small Grants Fund
- $80 million committed to supporting the transition of workers, businesses and communities linked to the native forest industry
The Western Australian Government is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the community to be part of the Native Forestry Community Advisory Group.
The Native Forestry Advisory Group will be chaired by the local member for Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie, and will include up to five other members from across the native forestry region.
The role of the advisory group is to assist Forestry Minister Dave Kelly in considering projects seeking financial assistance through the Community Small Grants Fund.
The Community Small Grants Fund was announced in August to provide funding to support community-based projects that stimulate the local economy and increase the region's liveability.
Community groups and small businesses impacted by the end of native forestry logging can apply for grants of up to $100,000 for community-based projects within the region.
Since September 2021, the WA Government has committed $80 million to support the transition of workers, business and communities linked to the native forestry industry.
EOIs can be submitted up to the closing date of 13 November 2022.
For more information on the Native Forestry Community Advisory Group or to submit an EOI, visit http://www.wa.gov.au/nft
Comments attributed to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly:
"Through the EOI process, we are looking for members of the community that live within the native forestry regions to apply for a position on the Advisory Group.
"The Native Forestry Community Advisory Group will enable local public input from the regions impacted by the end of native forestry logging and help determine who should be allocated funding from the Community Small Grants Fund.
"The WA Government is committed to the implementation of the Native Forestry Transition Plan, and will continue working closely with industry, local government and other key stakeholders in the lead up to the end of native forest logging in 2024."
Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie:
"The Community Small Grants Fund will provide support for community-based projects that help stimulate the local economy and enhance liveability of communities in the region.
"We're now calling for Expressions of Interest from people who live and/or operate a business in the native forestry region, to be part of the Advisory Group that will help deliver this important grants program.
"I'm really pleased to be able to Chair the Native Forestry Transition Community Advisory Group, and I'm looking forward to working with members to help make these community-based projects a reality."
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