Spe­cial recog­ni­tion

Australian Forests and Timber - - AFCA -

THE AUS­TRALIAN For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion con­ducted its an­nual Hall of Fame din­ner and in­ducted two out­stand­ing con­trac­tors into the Hall of Fame. Prior to in­duct­ing the con­trac­tors it was the de­ci­sion of the Board to a present a Cover­ley from Col­lie Western Aus­tralia. Greg is a for­mer Board mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion and has made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to the sec­tor in Western Aus­tralia.

In the pres­ence of Sen­a­tor Richard Col­beck, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Lib­eral Sen­a­tor for Tas­ma­nia, Max Jones and Dale Mitchell were in­ducted into the Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame.

Max, from Scotts­dale, Tas­ma­nia, started in the in­dus­try in the early 1970s as a 22-year-old to work in the Tas­ma­nian tim­ber in­dus­try. In 1973 he mar­ried Dei­dre and slowly started grow­ing his busi­ness by ex­pand­ing into har­vest­ing as well as haulage. At the peak of his busi­ness in early 2000s he op­er­ated a ca­ble har­vest­ing op­er­a­tion, two ground based oper­a­tions and two trucks em­ploy­ing around 25 peo­ple. With the in­dus­try down­turn in Tas­ma­nia Max worked in Queens­land and is now back work­ing around Burnie. He is a pas­sion­ate Tas­ma­nian and is also very pas­sion­ate about the tim­ber in­dus­try in gen­eral.

Dale lives in Car­boor, North East Vic­to­ria. He comes from a farm­ing back­ground and started with a hard hat and Stihl chain­saw like many in the in­dus­try in the 1970s. Like many he got into the in­dus­try by ac­ci­dent when the fel­low he was work­ing for hurt him­self in an ac­ci­dent. Af­ter when in­ter­est rates were 19%. By the early 1990s he em­ployed 18-20 hand-fall­ers and then took the next plunge in 1993 by has al­ways been an in­no­va­tor and his home has be­come a mini Swe­den with nor­mally at least one op­er­a­tor from Swe­den work­ing for him on a work­ing hol­i­day. This con­nec­tion has meant that these op­er­a­tors have be­come one big ex­tended fam­ily with con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion via so­cial media when they re­turn home. Dale’s other achieve­ment har­vest­ing head feed wheel rollers which are bet­ter suited to the Aus­tralian con­di­tions.

The din­ner was well sup­ported and the as­so­ci­a­tion thanks the gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship of Wil­liam Adams, Ko­matsu and MHL In­sur­ance.

Ian Reid and Greg Cover­ley.

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