23 August 2012
23 August 2012
Eighteen forestry stakeholders across Australia have contributed to a $500,000 alliance with the University of the Sunshine Coast to investigate new methods of improving their industry’s economic and environmental sustainability.
The year-long USC Australian Forest Operations Research Alliance, which started last month, recognises the importance of building on the momentum of research in forest operations.
The Alliance Director is USC Professor of Forestry Operations Mark Brown, who joined the University this year from the University of Melbourne.
“This is a huge outcome,” Professor Brown said of the alliance, which includes major firms like Hancock Queensland Plantations.
“The fact there is no leveraging of government funds says a lot about how much the industry values our research. By partnering with industry in this way, USC is staking its claim as a leader in forestry research.”
He expects to see benefits for the University, the Sunshine Coast and the forestry industry nationally.
“We are aiming for strong economic outcomes, improved sustainability of the forestry industry and opportunities for development in new areas such as bio-energy supply chains,” he said.
“Bio-energy is about producing energy from organic matter such as wood and farm residue, so the supply chains are about how to effectively collect, process, transport and deliver this material to energy producers.”
The alliance is signed until 30 June 2013.
Professor Brown previously worked with USC as a partner in the Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry, a national research consortium based in Hobart.
He has worked as a researcher and program manager in industry cooperative applied forest operations for more than 15 years in Canada and Australia.
— Julie Schomberg