Due to increasing interest by wheatbelt landowners in the developing sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) plantation industry and a need for grower coordination and increased access to information on all aspects of this industry, a sandalwood growers group was formed in 2003, known as the Avon Sandalwood Network Inc. In January 2007, the name of the association was changed to the Australian Sandalwood Network, a grower driven group whose momentum has grown rapidly since then.

 

Key facts

  • The ASN Inc currently has over 60 members, the majority of whom are primary producers and sandalwood growers from the WA wheatbelt. However, members also include industry, natural resource management and research representatives.
  • Over 15,000 hectares of sandalwood plantations have so far been established in the WA wheatbelt, and each year will see this figure continue to grow.
  • Plantations established to date are expected to begin producing large volumes of sandalwood nuts from 2010.
  • Already the sandalwood industry is significantly contributing towards employment in the wheatbelt, with many millions of sandalwood host seedlings currently being grown by regional nurseries.
  • Australian Sandalwood Santalum spicatum  is a native parasitic plant, and plantations comprise a minimum of two host plants  which are deep rooted, perennial native species, providing strong benefits to salinity problems, water quality, biodiversity and many other NRM issues in the wheatbelt.

 

History of the Australian Sandalwood Network Inc

The ASN is a relatively new group with strong momentum. In a period of 9 years from an initial funding injection of $5,000 in 2003, the ASN has grown with members now all over the wheatbelt, northern agricultural region and the great southern.

The ASN has held workshops and field days in all these regions since  forming   which  have been attended by over 500 people, produced and distributed 11 industry newsletters to over 1,000 people and vastly increased the coordination of this developing industry and enhanced grower cooperation and networking.

In January 2007, the name of the association was changed from the Avon Sandalwood Network to the Australian Sandalwood Network as a means of extending our association membership base and providing strong industry development and grower representation for the exciting emerging industry.

 

Way forward

The ASN is now addressing key industry development issues, through research, grower and industry support and partnership development. The ASN has completed a comprehensive business plan to drive the network and industry forward.

In 2007 the ASN  developed an extensive industry development plan for the sandalwood plantation industry in Western Australia, in partnership with key industry groups.

Contact Us

Australian Sandalwood Network Inc
PO Box 853, Toodyay WA 6566
Tel: (08) 9574 5882
exec@sandalwood.org.au

Sandalwood Fact Sheets

Sandalwood Fact Sheet No. 1 Preparation & Planning for your Sandalwood Plantation

Sandalwood Fact Sheet No. 2 Plantation Layout & Site Preparation for your Sandalwood Plantation

Sandalwood Fact Sheet No. 3 Sandalwood Establishment

Sandalwood Fact Sheet No. 4 Ongoing Management of Sandalwood Plantation

Sandalwood Fact Sheet No. 5 Natural Resource Managment benefits

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