Above and beyond the call of duty
EACH YEAR, VAFI recognises members who have gone beyond compliance and made strategic improvements in their business, helping to build and secure the future of the Victorian forest and wood products industry. The VAFI Awards were presented during a ceremony at the Annual Dinner on 17 October. This year the three award categories of economy, to industry, and the association’s focus ahead of the State election. The award winners were presented with a commemorative award plaque by the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Peter Walsh. Economy (Sponsored by First Super): Ryan & McNulty Sawmillers Community (Sponsored by Regional Development Victoria): HVP Plantations Sustainability (Sponsored by PF Olsen): Australian Sustainable Hardwoods
Lifetime Achievement: Garry Squires. A former senior bureaucrat in the former Department of Sustainability and Environment, Garry is passionate about using native forest residues from local East Gippsland sawmills to generate power for local communities such as Orbost. After leaving the Department of Sustainability and Environment, he became chief executive of East Gippsland Logging. Since 2007 he has run a timber industry consultancy, specialising in the forest industry; OH&S, business planning, tender submissions, and research projects.
Special Recognition: Country Fire Association. VAFI acknowledged management through prevention, preparation, response and recovery which supports the forest industry across Victoria. In particular, for the CFA’s ability to work with the forestry industry to develop active sponsored by Australian Paper on behalf of all VAFI members, and the industry more broadly. Terry Hayes, Executive Manager Community Capability, accepted the award on behalf of the CFA.