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Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants – Q&A

What are these Grants?

The Victorian Government has developed the Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants as part of the Commonwealth Government’s Salvage Storage Fund to provide funding support to timber processors that are processing bushfire affected timber.

The Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants will provide grants based upon the volume of bushfire affected timber that is taken in for processing. The grant amount will consist of a rate of $20.00 per green metric tonne (GMT) for salvaged timber that is taken in above business as usual deliveries from 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2021.

The maximum grant that can be obtained under the Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants is $500,000, that is, 25,000 GMT of additional salvaged timber.

Larger grants may be considered on a case by case basis.

What sort of things will be funded?

This program will support:

  • costs associated with the storage facilities of burnt salvage timber (unprocessed and/ or processed)
  • log, chip or sawn timber storage and warehousing facilities
  • water sprinkling infrastructure
  • dry storage infrastructure
  • rental and leasing costs
  • machine equipment and hire
  • costs for new or leased warehousing capacity for sawn timbers
  • capital and other costs for stockpiling of woodchips
  • infrastructure and equipment required for wet log storage
  • additional costs for water including additional licences, and appropriate water management strategies need to be applied to ensure water is not wasted
  • requests for retrospective funding, where projects have commenced (i.e. equipment purchased, contracts entered into or construction
    has begun) or have been completed prior to receiving funding approval

to increase the storage capacity for salvage timber.

Who can apply?

Eligible businesses must either:

  • have an existing and operational timber processing facility
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • conduct business operations within Victoria
  • meet all the industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

The Guidelines can be accessed here:

Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants - Application Guidelines (PDF 252.86 KB)PDF icon
Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants - Application Guidelines (DOC 89 KB)DOC icon

When will the grants open?

The Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants is a $2.5 million fund supporting the storage of 125,000 green metric tonne of salvage timber and will be a single competitive round for the 2020-2021 financial year.

The round will open on 2 December 2020 and close on 16 December 2020 (two weeks).

Successful applicants will be advised in early 2021.

Why is the application process open for such a short period of time?

Due to the agreement with the Commonwealth the applications can only be open for two weeks, successful applications will be informed early in 2021.

The NSW Timber Salvage program has been completed, why is the Victorian program later then NSW?

Given the severity of the impact on supply in New South Wales, the New South Wales Government acted quickly to minimise industry and supply impacts via a package of supports.

Whilst the Victorian bushfires were also great, the impact on industry and supply in Victoria was less, so the necessary time was taken to assess the needs of the industry resulting the later roll out of the grants.

Has the Victorian Forestry Plan rollout changed following the bushfires and coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The Victorian Forestry Plan remains set, it will guide both the development of the plantation sector and the transition from native timber over the next decade.

With the supply of timber impacted by bushfires and then legal action against VicForests, is it fair to be rolling out this grant now?

Given the extent of the 2019 - 2020 Victorian Bushfires and the volume of burnt saw logs, it is important that these grants are distributed to assist businesses with the immediate costs of the timber storage.

Support is also available through the broader Victorian Forestry Plan to assist affected businesses to start planning for their future following the cessation of native timber harvesting.

More information about the Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants or the Victorian Forestry Plan

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