Above and be­yond the call of duty

Australian Forests and Timber - - VAFI -

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.

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