AUSTim­ber2016 primed to be big­gest yet

Australian Forests and Timber - - FRONT PAGE -

The or­gan­is­ers of AUSTim­ber2016 have put in place an event with – • Over 80 brands ex­hibit­ing at the

world fa­mous Expo • Speak­ers from coun­tries as di­verse as Canada, Ja­pan, Brazil, Malaysia, South Africa, Chile and New Zealand at the in­ter­na­tional Sus­tain­able Sup­ply Chains for the Tim­ber Econ­omy of the Fu­ture con­fer­ence • In­dus­try field trips to venues rang­ing from steep ter­rain log­ging to Aus­tralia’s largest hard­wood mill, Aus­tralia’s largest pulp and pa­per mill and some highly spe­cialised plan­ta­tion and sawmilling sites • The Wood - the In­tel­li­gent Al­ter­na­tive sem­i­nar cov­er­ing the ex­cit­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by the new Na­tional Con­struc­tion Code com­ing into play at the start of May • The tra­di­tional Wel­come Din­ner (this time fea­tur­ing David Foster as MC) with its char­ity auc­tion of­fer­ing a range of in­ter­est­ing lots look­ing to beat the record re­sult achieved at AUSTim­ber2012. • The Ko­matsu For­warder com­pe­ti­tion with a prize of $2,500 to go with the brag­ging rights of be­ing the best op­er­a­tor • The VicForests Wood Chop with a va­ri­ety of events in­clud­ing hav­ing the Vic­to­rian State Ti­tle for Dou­ble-handed cross cut saw­ing on the line and Pro­duc­tion Hot Saw chain saw rac­ing On top of de­liv­er­ing all of the above, the event is ad­ver­tis­ing for the first time on TV to en­cour­age the gen­eral pub­lic to go along and see the equip­ment and people

that go to make our in­dus­try both tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced and fo­cussed on sus­tain­ably manag­ing our for­est re­source. Oh, and at the same time, see­ing that this is an in­dus­try with great ca­reer prospects and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The sup­port of ma­jor spon­sors La­trobe City and HVP has been greater than sim­ply putting their name to the event,” says AUSTim­ber Evente Gen­eral Man­ager Lau­rie Martin.

“As part of their com­mit­ment to the event and the in­dus­try, La­trobe City was the first gov­ern­ment re­gion in Aus­trala­sia – fed­eral, state, re­gional or lo­cal – to in­tro­duce a Wood En­cour­age­ment pol­icy with of­fi­cers and coun­cil­lors sub­se­quently putting their weight be­hind get­ting such poli­cies adopted across Aus­tralia. At least six other lo­cal gov­ern­ment bod­ies across Aus­tralia have now adopted their own WE poli­cies.

“HVP have not only pro­vided the plan­ta­tion for the For­est Expo site, they have brought their con­sid­er­able ex­per­tise to bare to de­liver a site that is world class and an ex­cel­lent con­text in which to show­case both the Aus­tralian in­dus­try and the in­ter­na­tional equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers who will be demon­strat­ing their ma­chines and tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

“If you haven’t al­ready booked your tick­ets to the event, now would be a good time to go onto the AUSTim­ber web­site – austim­ au – and do just that.

“And if you haven’t al­ready se­cured your ac­com­mo­da­tion, you can go through the web­site to do that as well or, al­ter­na­tively, take ad­van­tage of the event’s prox­im­ity to Mel­bourne (about a two-hour drive) and day trip from the city.

“How­ever you look at it, go­ing to Gipp­s­land in April could be a real eye-opener if you’re a pro­fes­sional in the in­dus­try,” Lau­rie said.

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