Strate­gic plan to en­sure growth and strength

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It is be­com­ing harder to get attendance at events as ev­ery­one is so busy with their cur­rent work­load, how­ever, it is im­por­tant to never take your eye off the fu­ture and the events we do or­gan­ise are pur­posely or­gan­ised to bring ben­e­fits to your busi­ness. We are al­ways open to new ideas and ways of do­ing things such as to­day’s we­bi­nar and de­pend­ing on the feed­back from those who joined to­day’s we­bi­nar it is some­thing we will con­sider more in the com­ing 12 months.

FTMA Australia is try­ing to tackle the is­sue of lack of Es­ti­ma­tors and De­tail­ers within our in­dus­try. Firstly, we want to see the in­dus­try change the ti­tles of th­ese po­si­tions, so we can at­tract the right peo­ple. Timber Struc­ture De­sign Of­fi­cer is what we are rec­om­mended for Es­ti­ma­tors / De­tail­ers with the head de­tailer be­ing called Timber Struc­ture De­sign Ex­ec­u­tive and your team is the Timber Struc­ture De­sign Team. A fab­ri­ca­tor re­cently used th­ese ti­tles to ad­ver­tise for a po­si­tion in NSW and the per­son who got the job was un­der­go­ing a Di­ploma in Build­ing. This is the tar­get area and we be­lieve th­ese ti­tle changes will go a long way to ad­dress­ing this is­sue.

Se­condly, we are de­vel­op­ing a new train­ing pack­age to en­hance the ‘class­room’ train­ing en­sur­ing

your new Timber Struc­ture De­sign Of­fi­cers can start work and not take up all the time of the Ex­ec­u­tives in the De­sign Team. This is tak­ing much longer than we an­tic­i­pated as we are try­ing to en­sure the cost to fab­ri­ca­tors is min­i­mal and we can tap in to Govern­ment fund­ing for the train­ing but to do this we must jump through the hoops first. This course will hap­pen, and will, in our opin­ion, help ease the de­mand for qual­ity de­sign­ers.

Grow­ing mem­ber­ship

Our mem­ber­ship con­tin­ues to grow, and we hope the new board re­struc­ture and the Strate­gic Plan will help with in­creas­ing the mem­ber­ship in the com­ing 12 months.

It is im­por­tant to recog­nise the sup­pli­ers that have served us on the board. Phil McCor­mack has been there since day dot and has not only served the board well but has also as­sisted with board meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties and of course is a val­ued spon­sor. Phil never did any­thing that wasn’t in the best in­ter­est of fab­ri­ca­tors and we thank him for his 10 years+ on the board.

Mark Smiles from MiTek has also served on the board for many of the past 10 years and we thank him for his work as we do that of Ian Ashby of Pryda and Travis Tay­lor of Multi­nail who have given their time to help­ing the frame and truss in­dus­try de­velop.

Fi­nally, She­lena from Vekta Au­to­ma­tion. She­lena has brought a fresh ap­proach to the board through her Gov­er­nance train­ing and we thank her for guid­ing us through our Con­sti­tu­tional change last year and the work she has done.

Th­ese five sup­pli­ers helped FTMA Australia grow as an as­so­ci­a­tion and al­ways put the fab­ri­ca­tors first and we thank them for their time and look for­ward to them con­tin­u­ing their work with the As­so­ci­a­tion on the work­ing groups.

For me, un­for­tu­nately it has been an­other tough year on the health front but it’s some­thing I must live with and I am slowly get­ting on top of the Fi­bromyal­gia. I am tak­ing De­cem­ber and Jan­uary off work, dur­ing our quiet time to rest up so I am fit and ready for an­other pro­duc­tive year.

Thank you to the mem­bers for mak­ing our As­so­ci­a­tion what it is. We may be a small as­so­ci­a­tion, but we are loud and proud and in my opin­ion we de­liver as much if not more than many as­so­ci­a­tions.

I look for­ward to work­ing with you all in the com­ing year as we con­tinue to build a stronger in­dus­try.

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