State for­est rest area cel­e­brates the life and pas­sion of Spiro and Bri­nos No­taras

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

MUCH-LOVED Grafton iden­ti­ties the late Spiro and Bri­nos No­taras have been cel­e­brated in a cer­e­mony to re­name a re­vamped rest area and me­mo­rial to the broth­ers in Glenugie State For­est.

Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion of NSW’s CEO Nick Roberts said the Lam­bri­nos and Spiro No­taras Me­mo­rial Rest Area was a tribute to the pas­sion of the No­taras broth­ers, who spent more than half a cen­tury work­ing in the lo­cal tim­ber in­dus­try.

“Spiro and Bri­nos were much loved mem­bers of the Grafton com­mu­nity and the No­taras and Sons mill is em­bed­ded in Grafton’s his­tory. They were also long-time friends and col­leagues to many of us in the tim­ber in­dus­try,” Mr Roberts said.

“We first es­tab­lished the me­mo­rial in Glenugie State For­est fol­low­ing the pass­ing of Bri­nos in 2005. Af­ter Spiro sadly passed away last year, we wanted to show our re­spects, so we have spruced up the rest area and me­mo­rial to ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tion both broth­ers made to the lo­cal tim­ber in­dus­try.

“The No­taras broth­ers recog­nised that the north coast tim­ber in­dus­try was an in­dus­try with a bright fu­ture, an in­dus­try to be proud of and great in­dus­try to be a part of – and this me­mo­rial cel­e­brates that pas­sion.

“Over the past cen­tury, the tim­ber in­dus­try has been re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment of en­tire com­mu­ni­ties, both by cre­at­ing lo­cal jobs and by pro­duc­ing tim­ber for vi­tal in­fras­truc­ture such as rail­way sleep­ers, power poles, house frames and – like No­taras and Sons – tim­ber floors.

“Im­por­tantly, the in­dus­try is sus­tain­able, so the same forests that have been build­ing NSW for a cen­tury are still thriv­ing to­day, still pro­duc­ing tim­ber, still sup­port­ing an amaz­ing diver­sity of flora and fauna and still avail­able for the com­mu­nity to en­joy.

“Spiro and Bri­nos had a big im­pact on our in­dus­try, and I hope this me­mo­rial stands as a mark of the love and re­spect all of us had for these two broth­ers.”

■ L-R: No­taras and Sons gen­eral man­ager Donna Lay­ton, Spiro No­taras's son John No­taras, Spiro No­taras's daugh­ter Sue No­taras, Spiro No­taras's son Paul No­taras, Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion CEO Nick Roberts.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.