Leaders recognised for innovation, sustainability and community engagement
VAFI awards highlight outstanding work
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
• 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.