AUSTimber2016 primed to be biggest yet
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 – austimber.org. 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.