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A new rebate on offer for new commercial agroforestry

The Private Forests Service Levy Rebate is available for privately owned or managed forests certified during the 2021/2022 financial year. The 12-month pilot project is intended to provide an incentive for new commercial agroforestry establishment while raising awareness of the benefits of trees on farms through increased productivity. Source: Timberbiz

Tasmanian case studies have found farm systems that include trees are more productive and profitable than agriculture-only enterprises.

“Trees can deliver increased primary production productivity while simultaneously growing high value timber products, delivering biofuel, improving water quality and efficiency and improving the carbon balance,” Private Forests Tasmania CEO Penny Wells said.

“Trees also protect the land for future generations while growing high value products.

“There is a global demand for timber and in Australia, demand for soft wood is expected to double by 2050. Additionally, improvements in technology is unlocking new uses for materials derived from trees,” she said.

“Farmers can capitalise on the opportunity to plant trees. Given demand is expected to continue to rise there’s really never been a better time.”

The levy is based on the net harvested area of land certified in a forest practices plan. Eligibility is for commercial agroforestry plantings only as defined by ABARES description below.

To apply for the rebate and to learn eligibility requirements, private forest growers should visit or call 1300 661 009.