Australian Forest Products Association SA is the peak body representing the forest, wood and paper products industry in South Australia.
This industry supports approximately 13,000 direct and indirect jobs along its value chain and injects $2.8b into the state’s economy annually. In addition, around 200,000 people visit the state’s forest reserves for recreational purposes every year. AFPA SA recognises this proud social, economic and environmental record of the state’s wood and paper products industry and supports its development and expansion.
SA’s Limestone Coast is iconic for its production of forests and extensive wood processing industry, which is the largest regionally based manufacturing industry in the state. The forestry sector employs 35 percent of the workforce in this region and contributes 28 percent ($759 million directly and indirectly) to the gross regional product. The region arguably underpins the state’s forest industries and its economic future will greatly influence outcomes throughout the value chain.
In this regard, growing domestic timber manufacturing is a key regional issue and AFPA SA’s members are united in the view that domestic processing and growth are a priority. AFPA SA’s members also strongly welcomed the State Government’s pre-election commitment of working towards doubling the economic value of local production by 2050.