Forestry stalwart recognised
FOR four-and-half years, Como’s David Hartley was the go-to man when it came to the forest industry.
The 66-year-old was Acting General Manager of the Western Australian Forest Products Commission from March 2010 before he was formally appointed to the position in February 2012 and held it until his retirement in July 2014.
For all his accomplishments, he was awarded the Public Service Medal as a Meritorious award recipient of the Australia Day 2015 Honours List.
He left the agriculture industry to take on the role and said when he started, the commission faced challenges and many things needed to be done.
It faced issues around its corporate governance, financial viability and industry development and Mr Hartley originally only took it as a six-month role. He played a vital role in proactive change management in the organisation to address those issues, by providing frank and fearless advice in restructuring the commission in line with Government decisions.
His efforts were pivotal in focusing the Commission on its core business in native forests and plantations, its role, and to improving corporate governance mechanisms.
“I came to believe in the accordance of the forest industry and its sustainability and benefit to the environment,” he said.
The role of the commission was to manage the State’s forest assets in a sustainable manner. They are the native timber industry, the pine plantation industry and the sandalwood harvesting industry.
“I am very proud of the team I worked with,” he said. “They deserve the credit of getting the forest back on track financially. We now have three profitable sectors.”
Como’s David Hartley has been awarded a Public Service Medal for his work in turning the Western Australian Forest Products Commission around.