Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas visits nursery in Gippsland

The Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA) congratulates our member Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) on its state-of-the-art Gelliondale nursery in Gippsland, capable of producing up to 14 million seedlings a year, Deb Kerr, CEO of VFPA, said today. The Victorian Forestry Plan supported the nursery expansion with an $875,000 investment.

“Our members are investing heavily in new technology, facilities and plantations – creating jobs and helping to meet our future timber needs. We look forward to working with the Victorian Government to support and invest in the high-quality, environmentally friendly resource that is available at our doorstep – Victorian wood”, Ms Kerr said.

HVP and its predecessors have operated a 280-ha nursery at Gelliondale since 1989. The facility includes seed orchards, glasshouse infrastructure, growing and despatch areas. The recent expansion, including an additional purpose-built seedling growing bay and installation of new state-of-the-art equipment, means more than 50,000 seedlings can now be sorted each day.

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