ForestWorks new Forestry Bet­ter Busi­ness Program

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

Anew na­tional program that will recog­nise pro­fes­sional busi­nesses op­er­at­ing to high stan­dards in the for­est in­dus­try was launched at an event in Launceston.

Speak­ing at the launch event, Diana Lloyd, Gen­eral Man­ager of ForestWorks, said the Forestry Bet­ter Busi­ness of­fered an ef­fi­cient tool that en­abled busi­nesses to iden­tify and main­tain in­dus­try best prac­tice and pro­vided recog­ni­tion that they are op­er­at­ing to the high stan­dards re­quired.

“Forestry con­tract­ing busi­nesses can use the on­line program to store and share in­for­ma­tion with for­est man­agers and to demon­strate they meet cur­rent stan­dards.

“The stan­dards are based on ex­ist­ing in­dus­try stan­dards, and link to rel­e­vant Acts and Reg­u­la­tions. The stan­dards are de­scribed and doc­u­mented un­der the four key ar­eas - Safety, En­vi­ron­ment, Eco­nom­ics and Peo­ple.

“A free trial pe­riod is avail­able for the first six months. To ac­cess the program, forestry con­tract­ing busi­nesses and for­est man­agers can reg­is­ter at fbbp. forestworks.com.au,” said Diana.

The Forestry Bet­ter Busi­ness Program was de­vel­oped and tri­alled in Tas­ma­nia in 2015-2016, out of a project funded by the Aus­tralian and Tas­ma­nian Gov­ern­ments. ForestWorks worked closely with the Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (AFCA) and an in­dus­try-led project steer­ing com­mit­tee to en­sure the program met in­dus­try’s needs.

Stacey Gar­diner, Gen­eral Man­ager of AFCA said the program aims to sim­plify the in­for­ma­tion flow be­tween forestry con­tract­ing busi­nesses and forestry man­agers.

“AFCA en­cour­ages all forestry busi­nesses to take ad­van­tage of the six month free trial pe­riod. The Forestry Bet­ter Busi­ness Program offers or­gan­i­sa­tions a tool for busi­ness ac­cred­i­ta­tion by of­fer­ing one agreed set of stan­dards, lo­cated in one cen­tral place, for ease of ac­cess,” said Stacey.

Tony Ston­jek, Di­rec­tor of AKS For­est So­lu­tions, iden­ti­fied the po­ten­tial ca­pac­ity of the program to cre­ate ef­fi­cien­cies for his busi­ness, where he shares in­for­ma­tion with sev­eral for­est man­agers and con­tract­ing busi­nesses.

“Im­prov­ing the ef­fi­ciency of com­mu­ni­cat­ing be­tween busi­nesses is good for all par­ties and re­duces du­pli­ca­tion,” said Tony.

Tas­ma­nia’s Min­is­ter for Re­sources, Guy Bar­nett said the Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to re­build­ing Tas­ma­nia’s for­est in­dus­try by en­cour­ag­ing new in­vest­ment and jobs growth.

“Achiev­ing best prac­tice stan­dards is chal­leng­ing in any in­dus­try, but is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant in forestry where the com­mu­nity rightly ex­pects busi­nesses to op­er­ate safely and sus­tain­ably.

“The Forestry Bet­ter Busi­ness Program will help for­est con­trac­tors by pro­vid­ing an ef­fi­cient on­line tool to iden­tify and main­tain best prac­tice stan­dards. De­vel­oped by ForestWorks in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion and sup­ported with Aus­tralian and Tas­ma­nian gov­ern­ment fund­ing, the program offers one agreed set of stan­dards that is read­ily ac­ces­si­ble.”

The Min­is­ter said this was an im­prove­ment on past prac­tice where for­est man­agers used dif­fer­ent stan­dards and meth­ods.

The program will also al­low for im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween con­tract­ing busi­nesses and forestry man­agers, and pro­vide a mech­a­nism for ac­cred­it­ing busi­nesses op­er­at­ing to high stan­dards.

■ Sarah Court­ney, MP; Eva James, FoestWorks; Diana Lloyd, ForestWorks, Stacey Gar­diner, AFCA.

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