AUSTim­ber2020 - the count­down be­gins

Australian Forests and Timber - - Austimber -

The count­down is on to AUSTim­ber2020, the big­gest forestry show in Aus­trala­sia, with the be­gin­ning of the Early Bird Sale for site ex­hibitors.

Adan Tay­lor, Chair­man of the Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (AFCA), the mem­ber­ship­based or­gan­i­sa­tion that owns and runs AUSTim­ber, said the be­gin­ning of the early bird of­fer marks the ini­tial count­down to the ma­jor event, be­fore the of­fi­cial launch, slated to be in March 2018.

“This early bird pe­riod means that we are truly off and run­ning with the plan­ning of the event. By the launch next year, we hope to have most of the ma­jor ex­hibitors locked in and then the fun be­gins, plan­ning the ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that will be on of­fer through­out the event,” he said.

AUSTim­ber2020 will once again be held in Gipp­s­land run­ning from 30 March – 4 April. The week will see a range of ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing held in the re­gion.

While the fi­nal program is still be­ing de­vel­oped it will in­clude at least two expo days, field trips, a wel­come din­ner and an Aus­tralian Pa­per Mill Open Day.

As part of the Early Bird Sale, the AUSTim­ber2020 team have re­leased the 2020 Ex­hibitors and Demon­stra­tion Prospec­tus which de­tails the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able, and a site plan which out­lines the range of sites that are on of­fer. Im­por­tantly, it shows the early bird rates and sav­ings avail­able now un­til De­cem­ber 2017. The Prospec­tus is avail­able to view by vis­it­ing www.austim­

“AUSTim­ber2020 will build on the suc­cess of the 2016 event with the Expo be­ing held all on the one site and cater­ing for over 120 ex­hibitors. We are re­ally looking to di­ver­sify and in­crease the mix of ex­hibitors to the show, and have added a range of sites that will re­flect this move.

“There are large sites avail­able for both eu­ca­lyp­tus and pine har­vest­ing demon­stra­tions, a ded­i­cated area for chip­ping demon­stra­tions, a truck and trailer dis­play with a test drive route and a mix of dif­fer­ent size sites avail­able across the event lo­ca­tion, that are sure to at­tract a wide range of ex­hibitors,” he said.

“I would like to ex­tend my thanks to the team at HVP Plan­ta­tions for once again play­ing host to AUSTim­ber at their Flynn site in Gipp­s­land. Their sup­port, and the sup­port of all our spon­sors, ex­hibitors and the lo­cal coun­cils and com­mu­nity are what make the event such a suc­cess,” Mr Tay­lor said.

For those who ex­hib­ited at the show in 2016, they have un­til 15 Novem­ber 2017 to se­cure the same site they had in 2016 for 2020, and for those who didn’t ex­hibit in 2016 they can sub­mit an Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est form with site lo­ca­tions to be ne­go­ti­ated fol­low­ing 15 Novem­ber 2017. The Early Bird Sale closes 15 De­cem­ber 2017.

“We are looking for­ward to work­ing with all our ex­ist­ing, as well as new ex­hibitors, to put to­gether the type of show that forestry con­tract­ing busi­nesses and the wider forestry in­dus­try ab­so­lutely must at­tend. It should also de­liver real value to both our Aus­tralian as well as our in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors with a week of ac­tiv­i­ties that show­cases our in­dus­try,” Mr Tay­lor said.

It’s all there ... har­vest­ing, pine, eu­ca­lypt, drone -- at the HVP Flynn site in Gipp­s­land.

■ Adan Tay­lor ... “my thanks to the team at HVP Plan­ta­tions”.

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