Timber Towns Victoria (TTV) is an incorporated Local Government Association formed in the early 1980s, representing the interests of municipal councils in relation to forestry on both public and private land. The Association’s primary function is to provide a forum for local government to address the management of forests and forest industries and their impact on local communities.
A key strategic priority for Timber Towns Victoria is the TIRES report (Timber Industry Road Evaluation Study) which aims to identify and quantify upgrades needed to the road network that supports the timber industry across Victoria. The study provides a detailed assessment of the projected works and costs for road infrastructure required to serve the needs of the timber industry.
TIRES reports are reviewed every five years, 2011-2015 & 2016-2020 with another review currently in the scoping stage.
The TIRES report is divided into the four regions – North East, Gippsland, Central Victoria and South West Victoria – with the overall outcome being a prioritised plan for upgrades required to the road network for the next five years. It places these works in a state wide economic context, with the report examining the economic benefits of the forest industry in Victoria to the State Government, local governments, industry, and the community.
“Timber Towns Victoria continues to be a strong advocate for the community and industry to the State Government on the impact that changes to legalisation have regarding the timber industry and our communities.”
– Cr Karen Stephens, President, Timber Towns Victoria 2017 – current