The Australian Sandalwood Co-operative 

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The export of wild harvest Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) commenced in 1844 from Western Australia. The harvest has continued since that time with the stock of natural Australian Sandalwood declining.  Recognising this dwindling resource the Forrest Products Commission (FPC) of the Western Australian Government commenced research into the viability of Australian Sandalwood production in a plantation system in 1987.  The FPC commenced growing Australian Sandalwood plantations with farmers under share farming agreements from 1999.  About this same time private growers commenced plantation establishment. 

In 2003 the Australian Sandalwood Network (ASN) was established initially as the Avon Sandalwood Network by growers and organisations interested in the development of Australian Sandalwood Plantations and a need for grower coordination and increased access to information on all aspects of the industry.

As an initiative of members of the ASN the Australian Sandalwood Co-operative Ltd (ASC) was established in 2018 with the assistance of Farming Together, an Australian Government organisation.  The ASC was established with the following objectives:

• To develop the Australian sandalwood (santalum spicatum) industry supporting quality, traceable, sustainable production
• To maximise members’ returns by unlocking the economic value derived from growing Australian sandalwood
• To provide consistent quality and grades for buyers seeking to achieve economies of scale.

The ASC aims to achieve its objectives by it's primary activities of; marketing and identifying markets for its members, information sharing, education, training and plantation development for its members.

Members of the ASC have demonstrated a passion for the Australian Sandalwood industry, sustainable plantation development, national resource management, environmental conservation and business development in regional Australia.

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