Another solid year of achievement for TVAA – but more to do in 2018!
TTechnical Representative, Timber Veneer Association of Australia
he Timber Veneer Association of Australia (TVAA) held its annual general meeting on 26 October 2017 at the premises of George Fethers & Co., Port Melbourne. Chairman Gray Parsonson acknowledged the higher profile the association had achieved during the year through social media, particularly the Facebook site. However, it was agreed more needed to be done.
To build on past achievements the meeting invited Kathy Packenas of KP & Co. to present a marketing program. Kathy brought members up to speed by outlining the basics of marketing and explaining how it could work for the TVAA.
Details of the marketing program remain confidential but will be worked through in the
New Year with the incoming Committee and new Chairman Terry Franklin of Ventech Australia who will be taking over the reins in 2018.
A second presentation by guest speakers from the Department of Agriculture focused on Australia’s illegal logging laws. Reference was made to a toolkit that helps timber companies to understand their obligations, and provides ways to satisfy due diligence requirements with respect to imported timber products.
The toolkit was developed as a collaborative effort between the Australian Timber Importers Federation, the Timber Development Association, and the Department of Agriculture and is recommended to TVAA members to assist in their ongoing monitoring of this issue.
The toolkit can be found in the “Industry Generated Guidance Materials” section of the Department’s website here: http://www.agriculture. gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/forestry/australiasforest-policies/illegal-logging/legality-compliancetoolkit.pdf.
There will be a continuing focus on quality control in the New Year with Henkel Australia agreeing to test samples from TVAA panel layer members in accordance with Industry Standard AFRDI 145.
The Timber Veneer Association is looking forward to a bright future in 2018, maintaining existing programs and implementing a marketing program to give the Association renewed impetus.
■ TVAA President Gray Parsonson presented the 2017 Timber Design Award in October to SJB Interiors for their project 12-MICRON, a restaurant Located on Sydney Harbor at Barangaroo (above).