Lower South Island cel­e­brates high achiev­ers

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

MORE THAN 300 PEO­PLE TURNED OUT TO cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of foresters in the deep south of the coun­try at the 2018 South­ern Wood Coun­cil Forestry Awards.

Held at the Forsyth Barr Sta­dium in Dunedin, the awards were well sup­ported by for­est man­agers, forestry con­trac­tors, trans­port op­er­a­tors and prod­uct and ser­vice sup­pli­ers to the in­dus­try from across the lower South Island.

Held in con­junc­tion with in­dus­try train­ing provider, Com­pe­tenz, the 2018 event saw nine ma­jor awards pre­sented.

Ad­di­tion­ally, 120 Na­tional Train­ing Cer­tifi­cates that had been achieved in forestry and wood pro­cess­ing were awarded to top lo­cal con­trac­tors and forestry and wood pro­cess­ing em­ploy­ees. Six ap­pren­tices that started on a new re­gional train­ing scheme this year were also recog­nised at the awards cer­e­mony. All are an­tic­i­pated to fin­ish the course in Oc­to­ber, with an­other group start­ing last month (June).

Five FISC cer­tifi­cates for Pro­fes­sional Tree Faller Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, a scheme that has been im­ple­mented in the Otago/ South­land re­gion, were also awarded.

“The turnout by forestry work­ers, their fam­i­lies and sup­port­ers on the night is prob­a­bly a true re­flec­tion on the mo­men­tum that’s been build­ing over the last year or so with on-site train­ing and safety in this re­gion,” says Grant Dod­son, Chair­man of the South­ern Wood Coun­cil.

“The mes­sage on the value of the awards evening cer­tainly found it’s mark with many com­pa­nies bring­ing through all of their staff and work­ers, from In­ver­cargill through to Ti­maru.

“This year we even had staff from a lo­cal West Coast mill along with work­ers from Ste­wart Island who had achieved train­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions over the year come through to Dunedin to be recog­nised on the night.”

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