Bris­bane hosts AFCA AGM

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

On Novem­ber the Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (AFCA) headed to Bris­bane for the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing (AGM) which is os­ten­si­bly to ap­point an­other board. At the 2016 AGM, Ian Reid stepped down as chair­man and didn’t seek re-elec­tion hence four new board mem­bers were elected for 2017 and a new chair in Adan Tay­lor. This year the board has re­mained largely sim­i­lar with the only new ap­pointees Wayne ShawJohn­ston and Tony Ston­jek.

“We have a new board with Adan Tay­lor, Phil Dohnt, Karen Hall, Ricky Lee­son, Chris­tian Stafford, Wayne Shaw-John­ston, Tony Ston­jek,” Stacey Gar­diner, Gen­eral Man­ager AFCA said.

“Some of them are new; Wayne was ap­pointed in Septem­ber and renom­i­nated now as a for­mal mem­ber of the board.”

Mr Shaw-John­son is the chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Har­vestco, but has pre­vi­ously held roles at VicForests and HVP. He played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery of AUSTim­ber2016 as op­er­a­tions man­ager.

Mr Ston­jek started AKS For­est So­lu­tions in 2007. He was in­tro­duced to forestry by his late fa­ther; he has since worked for Forestry Tas­ma­nia when it was the State Forestry Com­mis­sion as well as For­est Re­sources and Ray­onier. He de­vel­oped Ev­er­green For­est Ser­vices and For­est Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices, and AKS For­est So­lu­tions where he is a di­rec­tor.

Adan Tay­lor was re­turned as chair­man of AFCA and Phil Dohnt as deputy chair.

Next year the AGM is planned for Tas­ma­nia and the as­so­ci­a­tion is host­ing an in­dus­try din­ner and a Hall of Fame pre­sen­ta­tion. This year fol­low­ing the AGM in Bris­bane there was an in­dus­try din­ner with Timber Queens­land.

“In con­junc­tion with the AGM we held a din­ner with Timber Queens­land. It was a re­ally great in­for­mal evening where we had an op­por­tu­nity to sit down and touch base with in­dus­try and catch up,” Ms Gar­diner said. 15

“We have a busy first half of the year with the de­liv­ery of the for­est lo­gis­tics safety train­ing work­shops which we started de­liv­er­ing in Oc­to­ber.

“Also, draft­ing the log haulers code of prac­tice in col­lab­o­ra­tion with in­dus­try.”

The Na­tional Forestry Log Haulage Reg­is­tered Code of Prac­tice comes in re­sponse to changes to the law which will be in place in 2018 and the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tors guide­lines re­leased to sup­port Code of Prac­tice de­vel­op­ments.

This is the first time that AFCA has led such a sig­nif­i­cant in­dus­try­wide project, how­ever, it seemed such an ob­vi­ous de­ci­sion given the po­ten­tial im­pacts th­ese changes may have on mem­bers and the im­por­tance of lead­ing change.

In June 2017 AFCA also was suc­cess­ful in part­ner­ing with Engis­tics to re­ceive fund­ing as part of the NHVR’s Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety Ini­tia­tive. Over the com­ing year AFCA, with Engis­tics, will de­liver more than 25 Forestry Lo­gis­tics Safety Train­ing Work­shops.

“We are look­ing to also fo­cus on safety and sup­port­ing con­trac­tors with is­sues,” Ms Gar­diner said.

“We’ll also be look­ing at HR and how we can im­prove sup­port with HR and health and well­be­ing un­der the ban­ner of safety and sup­port­ing con­trac­tors.”

There was no for­mal dis­cus­sion about the year ahead at the AGM but sig­nif­i­cantly a launch will be held in March for AUSTim­ber2020.

“This launch will re­ally kick it off and sig­nal to in­dus­try that AUSTim­ber is com­ing,” Ms Gar­diner said. “It will be two years to the event and we will launch on­site.”

The site is at Flynn Creek just out of Trar­al­gon and the prospec­tus for the event has been re­leased. Early bird of­fers fin­ish soon and the re­sponse so far has been pos­i­tive.

T h e AUSTim­ber2020 Plan­ning Steering Com­mit­tee was formed in 2017 which in­cludes key stake­hold­ers. It hasn’t taken long for the Plan­ning Steering Com­mit­tee to start the process for AUSTim­ber2020 which has in­cluded set­ting dates, de­vel­op­ing a pro­gram out­line for the week and site plan for the expo days and launch­ing an ex­hibitors and demon­stra­tions prospec­tus.

As part of pro­mot­ing AUSTimer2020 and to gather fresh ideas, Ms Gar­diner at­tended the Elmia Wood show in Swe­den in June. She said that this not only al­lowed her the chance to see a wood show at such a large scale and ob­serve the way dif­fer­ent events are man­aged, it also demon­strated how it could be pos­si­ble to grow AUSTim­ber by di­ver­si­fy­ing the types of ex­hibitors and to cap­ture sup­port­ing busi­ness and ser­vices that re­late to the in­dus­try.

■ Stacey Gar­diner.

■ Adan Tay­lor.

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