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.