Financing methods for small-scale hardwood plantations in Queensland, Australia

Velge, F. and Harrison, S. R. (2008). Financing methods for small-scale hardwood plantations in Queensland, Australia. In: Gerrard Buttoud, Small-scale Rural Forest Use and Management: Global Policies versus Local Knowledge, IUFRO International Symposium, Pre-conference Proceedings. Small-scale Rural Forest Use and Management: Global Policies versus Local Knowledge, IUFRO International Symposium, GĂ©rardmer, France, (239-250). 23-27 June 2008.

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Author Velge, F.
Harrison, S. R.
Title of paper Financing methods for small-scale hardwood plantations in Queensland, Australia
Conference name Small-scale Rural Forest Use and Management: Global Policies versus Local Knowledge, IUFRO International Symposium
Conference location GĂ©rardmer, France
Conference dates 23-27 June 2008
Proceedings title Small-scale Rural Forest Use and Management: Global Policies versus Local Knowledge, IUFRO International Symposium, Pre-conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Nancy, France
Publisher AgroParisTech-ENGREF
Publication Year 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Editor Gerrard Buttoud
Start page 239
End page 250
Total pages 12
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Under Vision 2020, a target was set in 1997 for trebling the plantation area in Australia by the year 2020. Government subsidies and extension for plantation establishment have largely disappeared, hence forestry expansion is highly dependent on access to private finance. In the state of Queensland, plantation expansion has occurred predominantly through managed investment schemes and the joint venture scheme managed by Forestry Plantations Queensland, a government-owned corporation. Most of these plantings are relatively small-scale hardwood plantations, which are designed to replace the hardwood timber from the native forests that will be protected from further logging after 2024 under the South-East Queensland Regional Forestry Agreement. Views on financing methods for forestry expansion in Queensland were investigated through by an email survey of 12 forestry and finance professionals, followed by in-depth personal interviews of the same group of key informants. Some of the issues identified include lack of transparent information, inequitable taxation system between Managed Investment Scheme (MIS) companies and small-scale forest operators, the need for further R&D on all aspects of the industry, the potential impacts of carbon credit schemes on the industry, and the design of a strategic model for forestry investors. Participants took the view that adoption of a strategic alliance model would encourage further investment in small-scale forestry, arguing that this model could protect the interest of all the stakeholders through reducing investment risk and creating competitive advantage. The potential introduction of a carbon trading scheme also attracted interest from investors, who look for recognisable structures that may alleviate the risk of investing in an industry with which they are unfamiliar. The participants considered that further R&D should be the main focus for government participation in small-scale forestry.
Subjects 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
070501 Agroforestry
EX
8201 Forestry
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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