Forestry Hub
Northern Territory Ord Valley

‘Working Together to Build a Better North’

‘The Northern Territory Ord Valley Forestry Hub would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, live and travel across. We recognise their connection to land, water and community; and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging’

How did NTOVFH come to life ?

The Forestry Industry Association Northern Territory (FIANT) was formed in 2020 and successfully applied to the Commonwealth in 2021 for the establishment of a Regional Forestry Hub. NTOVFH is one of eleven Commonwealth funded regional forestry hubs across Australia. It’s aim is to support industry growth within the NT & Ord Valley regions. The CRCNA – Northern forestry and forest products situational analysis published in 2020 in conjunction with FIANT has helped inform the Hub of it’s priorities ensuring the focus remains relevant and industry driven.

Our History

where forestry has come from in this region?

Forestry in the north has a longer history than most realise and has meant so much more than simply
the extraction of timber. For example; on Melville Island (north of Darwin) it has been supporting the culture, ceremony and way of life for the Tiwi people for many thousands of years.

Forestry today in The North

Area Plantation = 60,000 hectares comprised of;

  • Acacia mangium (Tiwi Islands)
  • Sandalwood (NT & Ord Valley Region, WA)
  • African Mahogany (NT & Ord Valley Region, WA)

80 – 90 million hectares of Indigenous owned or managed native forest in the NT


  • 200 FTE’s directly


  • Currently $115M / annum

Northern Territory Ord Valley Regional Hub Boundary

Our Mission

Our Areas of Focus

To work with all key stakeholders (industry, state & local governments) to undertake strategic planning, technical assessments, and analyses to support improved productivity, investment and expansion in the regional forest industry. 

Infrastructure & Supply Chain

The whole of supply chain (production, logistics, processing, etc)

Indigenous Forestry Projects

Resource appraisal, land tenure & accessibility assessment, Indigenous engagement

Workforce development

Next generation, Indigenous, upskilling

Manufacturing & value adding

Biochar, Energy Generation, saleable end products (furniture, cut timber, etc)

Carbon & Bio diversity

Methodology and policy development