South West Slopes Forestry Hub

The South West Slopes Forest Industry Hub (the Hub) was established as part of the Australian government’s National Forest Industries Plan to identify the constraints limiting forestry and timber industry growth.

The Hub region takes in about 3.5million hectares in the area east of the Hume Freeway, west of the Great Dividing Range, south of Gundagai, and taking in the plantations of NE Victoria down to Lake Eildon. Key forestry towns in the NSW part of the Hub are Tumut, Batlow, Tumbarumba, Gundagai and Adelong. In the Victorian Hub area, the main centres for the industry are Corryong, Tallangatta, Myrtleford and Wangaratta.

This area contains around 170,000 ha of softwood plantations (both public and private). The South West Slopes region is home to one of the largest softwood-plantation forestry industries in Australia. Softwood is the wood from a pine tree, as distinct from hardwood that comes from gum trees or eucalypts (as found in native forests).

Strategic Plan

In our Hub region, we are focusing on measures to expand the softwood industry, by developing and prioritising potential solutions to issues the industry is facing. Our Strategic Plan identifies projects we are undertaking to find these solutions

See our Strategic Plan

Softwoods Working Group

The Hub works closely with the Softwoods Working Group, which has common membership with the Hub Committee. Learn more about the activities of SWG.

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