Lead­ers recog­nised for in­no­va­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment

VAFI awards high­light out­stand­ing work

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

The Vic­to­rian for­est, fi­bre and wood prod­ucts in­dus­try re­cently cel­e­brated the hard work of its mem­bers and the con­tri­bu­tion they make to the Vic­to­rian com­mu­nity, its econ­omy, and the sus­tain­abil­ity of the state.

The Vic­to­rian As­so­ci­a­tion of For­est In­dus­tries (VAFI) Awards were pre­sented at the in­dus­try’s an­nual din­ner at RACV City Club, and saw sev­eral busi­nesses recog­nised for their in­no­va­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity cre­den­tials, and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

VAFI CEO, Tim John­ston, said the 2017 VAFI Awards were recog­ni­tion of the out­stand­ing work by busi­nesses in the Vic­to­rian for­est, fi­bre and wood prod­ucts in­dus­try and ex­am­ples of how the in­dus­try is work­ing to en­sure it has a bright fu­ture.

“The work that goes on each year by those in the in­dus­try is sec­ond to none and I am al­ways amazed by the high cal­i­bre of en­tries we get for the awards. It is fit­ting to see the hard work of VAFI mem­bers recog­nised ap­pro­pri­ately,” he said.

The 2017 VAFI Award re­cip­i­ents were:

• Aus­tralian Pa­per, win­ner of the Sus­tain­abil­ity Award

• Pow­ell­town Sawmills, win­ner of the Com­mu­nity Award

• Ra­dial Tim­bers, win­ner of the Econ­omy Award (spon­sored by

First Su­per)

• Leonard Fen­ning, re­cip­i­ent of the Life­time Achieve­ment Award

The 2017 VAFI An­nual In­dus­try Din­ner is the key event for the for­est, fi­bre and wood prod­ucts in­dus­try in Vic­to­ria, bring­ing to­gether more than 200 key in­dus­try stake­hold­ers, mem­bers of Govern­ment, friends, as­so­ciates and col­leagues in a night show­cas­ing the best the in­dus­try has to of­fer.

The 2017 VAFI In­dus­try Review ― an over­view of the for­est and wood prod­ucts in­dus­try in Vic­to­ria ― was also launched at the din­ner.

The VAFI An­nual In­dus­try Din­ner is made pos­si­ble by its spon­sors, which in­cluded Gold Spon­sor; Aus­tralian Pa­per, and event spon­sors; Ryan & McNulty Sawmillers, the Vic­to­rian Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Jobs, Trans­port and Re­sources, VicForests, First Su­per, ForestWorks, Aus­tralian For­est Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion, and AE Gib­son & Sons Pty Ltd.

■ VAFI An­nual In­dus­try Din­ner 2017.

■ Tim John­ston, VAFI CEO, and Mr Kushima from Aus­tralian Pa­per, win­ner of the 2017 VAFI Award for Sus­tain­abil­ity.

■ Tim John­ston, VAFI CEO, Tony Brit­ton of Ra­dial Tim­bers and Liz Hunt from First Su­per.

■ Tim John­ston, VAFI CEO, presents the Com­mu­nity Award to Harold Fox of Pow­ell­town Sawmills.

■ Life­time Achieve­ment Award re­cip­i­ent Leonard Fen­ning with VAFI CEO Tim John­ston.

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