Planting the seeds for AUSTimber2020
THE AUSTRALIAN Forest Contractors Association has formally commenced planning for AUSTimber2020 (to be held in March – April in Gippsland, Victoria), with the first AUSTimber2020 Planning Committee meeting held in February.
The AUSTimber Planning Committee consists of key stakeholders representing Australian Paper, HVP, VicForests, both Latrobe City and Wellington Shire councils, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries as well as members of the AFCA board and team. The committee oversees planning of the event, the delivery of key tasks, develop marketing material and communications, and will guide the AUSTimber Coordinator with the work program in the lead up to 2020.
AFCA’s General Manager, Stacey Gardiner said “the first meeting of the AUSTimber Planning Committee was about revisiting AUSTimber2016 to provide a context to 2020 and then moving into ideas generation, with the identification of marketing and promotional opportunities, the AUSTimber2020 program and what the event may look like”.
“The enthusiasm and ideas generated from the team as part of the first planning meeting was really exciting and their fabulous support has already set us in a direction to develop a program and deliver an event even bigger than AUSTimber2016,” she added.
AUSTimber2020 expo and live demonstrations will again be held on the Flynn site, thanks to the ongoing support of HVP. Unlike 2016, 2020 will see all exhibitors on the one site which we expect will have capacity for around 120 sites. We are also working to have enough car parking available out on site as well. Work is now under way on a detailed site plan to map out the possible exhibitor sites and we expect to offer a pre-sale to exhibitors in the coming 3 – 6 months.
Marketing information is also in the pre-planning phase, with some exciting and unusual ideas generated in this space as part of the meeting along with consideration of the format and program for the week.
“The AUSTimber team will seek feedback on a proposed program in the coming months, once we have confirmation that some of the ideas generated are likely to be possible, we do expect to see a few changes from the 2016 program, however,” said Stacey.
“While we don’t want to give too much away just yet, it looks like we are set to have an AUSTimber2020 launch in the first half of 2018 in collaboration with a special timber milestone celebration in Gippsland,” she said.
Further updates will be available as new information comes to hand and planning is progressed.