It’s im­por­tant to know how each sec­tion of the in­dus­try works

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATION NEWS - By Ker­sten Gen­tle Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer FTMA Aus­tralia

IN AU­GUST this year ForestWorks held an In­no­va­tion Skills Fo­rum for mem­bers of FTMA Aus­tralia, Tim­ber Mer­chants As­so­ci­a­tion and Vic­to­rian As­so­ci­a­tion of For­est In­dus­tries.At the meet­ing a dis­cus­sion be­tween fab­ri­ca­tors and VicForests staff re­sulted in a field trip for the board to the Hard­wood Forests of Vic­to­ria’s Cen­tral High­lands and a mill tour at Reid Bros Sawmill.

In con­junc­tion with this event the board came to­gether at the RACV Club in Healesville for a 5 ½ hour board meet­ing fo­cus­ing on the fu­ture of the as­so­ci­a­tion and con­cluded the evening with a pre­sen­ta­tion by VicForests on the man­age­ment of Vic­to­ria’s hard­wood forests.

The quote of the night for me, was when told that Moun­tain

Ash trees grow up­wards of 65 me­tres, some­one asked if that’s how tall they grow then why can’t we get any­thing greater than

a 6 me­tre length?. It was a fan­tas­tic evening with a small group al­low­ing plenty of dis­cus­sions on what hard­wood prod­ucts best suit the needs of the pre­fab­ri­ca­tion sec­tor.

VicForests ac­com­pa­nied the board mem­bers to a tour of the Toolangi State For­est where the first stop was a har­vest­ing coupe. There is no doubt a har­vest­ing coupe is less than at­trac­tive, how­ever, by the time the board mem­bers walked the coupe, un­der­stand­ing the strict man­age­ment tools put in place and then vis­ited a re­gen­er­a­tion area show­ing how mag­nif­i­cently the for­est is re­gen­er­ated the board was im­pressed with the science that goes in to sus­tain­ably man­ag­ing the na­tive hard­wood forests.

From the for­est the group trav­elled to Yarra Junc­tion to visit Reid Bros Sawmill where they saw the beau­ti­ful Ash tim­ber. View­ing the log yard, to the logs be­ing sawn and the kilns and fi­nally the fi­nal prod­uct and the glu­lam process to max­imise the use of all the tim­ber demon­strated the ex­cel­lence in the milling sec­tor and also the dif­fi­culty they go through.

By the time the logs are re­ceived at the mill they need to be paid for within 30 days, how­ever, the sawmiller has to process the logs, air dry the tim­ber, kiln dry the tim­ber, re-process the tim­ber and af­ter 18 months to two years they fi­nally get a re­turn on their dol­lar.Wow, that is what you call hard busi­ness.

Too of­ten across the tim­ber supply chain there is a lack of un­der­stand­ing of how each sec­tor works and how each sec­tor af­fects an­other, so thanks to ForestWorks for bring­ing us to­gether, as it was of great value to the board to bet­ter un­der­stand the hard­wood sec­tor.

A spe­cial thank you to Rowan Reid of Reid Bros Sawmill, Scott Arnold and Bruce McTav­ish of VicForests, Sue and Robyn McKin­nell of Dindi Sawmills, Brett Bould and Daniel Wright of Aus­tralian Sus­tain­able Hard­woods for join­ing the FTMA Aus­tralia Board on this ed­u­ca­tional tour.

It’s hard to be­lieve an­other year has gone.For me it’s a year I look for­ward to see­ing the end of as it has been a dif­fi­cult one health wise.I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity in wish­ing all sec­tors of the Tim­ber In­dus­try a Merry Christ­mas.

To all the fab­ri­ca­tors, the year has been a bet­ter one than ex­pected for most and hope­fully 2015 will see busi­ness con­tinue to im­prove and sta­bil­ity de­liv­ered to the sec­tor.I wish all Fab­ri­ca­tors and their staff a Merry Christ­mas and a pros­per­ous and Happy New Year.

I hope you have time to re­lax with fam­ily and friends and en­joy your hol­i­days.Stay safe and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the in­dus­try in 2015.

(L-R). Scott Arnold (VicForests), Michael Read (Keith Tim­ber & Hard­ware), Glenn Lawren­son (McCor­mack Hard­wood Sales), Clive Martella (MB Prefab Fram­ing), Peter Reilly (Din­das Aus­tralia), Phil McCor­mack (McCor­mack Hard­wood Sales), She­lena Ser­rano (Vekta Au­to­ma­tion), Ray­mond Gur­ney (Prefab Tech­nol­ogy), Phil Lad­son (Multi­nail), John Oul­ton (Pine De­sign Truss & Tim­ber) and Bruce McTav­ish (VicForests).

VicForests Bruce McTav­ish ex­plains the science be­hind the har­vest­ing of a coupe.

Reid Bros Direc­tor, Rowan Reid ex­plains the qual­ity Ash prod­ucts.

(L-R) FTMA Board Mem­bers John Oul­ton (Pine De­sign Truss & Tim­ber), Phil Lad­son (Multi­nail) and Peter Reilly (Din­das Aus­tralia).

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