An­other solid year of achieve­ment for TVAA – but more to do in 2018!

Australasian Timber - - NEWS - By Peter Llewellyn

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.­lec­tionDoc­u­ments/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).

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