Queens­land tim­ber work­ers unite

Australian Forests and Timber - - NEWS -

FOR­EST AND tim­ber work­ers have a ve­hi­cle to join forces, drive the in­dus­try for­ward and se­cure their fu­ture fol­low­ing the launch of the Queens­land Tim­ber Work­ers Sup­port Foun­da­tion (QTWSF).

The non-for-profit Foun­da­tion, whose aim is to en­er­gise and grow Queens­land’s for­est and tim­ber in­dus­try, was formed by mem­bers of Queens­land for­est and tim­ber in­dus­try who re­alise the po­ten­tial of the in­dus­try but recog­nise the fund­ing lim­i­ta­tions pro­hibit­ing its growth.

In­au­gu­ral QTWSF Chair­per­son and Queens­land State Man­ager TABMA, Ali­cia Oelk­ers said Queens­land’s tim­ber in­dus­try needed the sup­port of its 20,000 work­ers to truly grow and pros­per.

“Our in­dus­try has sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial to pros­per but it doesn’t have the rep­u­ta­tion and re­sources to do so, it needs as­sis­tance to grow,” she said.

“Any­thing the QTWSF sup­ports will have the mis­sion of se­cur­ing a ro­bust fu­ture for our in­dus­try.

“We aim to un­der­take the type of ac­tiv­i­ties that busi­nesses op­er­at­ing in our in­dus­try would do if they had the funds; from mar­ket­ing Queens­land’s tim­ber in­dus­try and es­tab­lish­ing train­ing schol­ar­ships that up-skill our work­force, to fund­ing work­ers on ed­u­ca­tional tours and sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­nity events in tim­ber re­gion.”

Oelk­ers said that any­one who de­rived their in­come from Queens­land’s For­est and Tim­ber in­dus­try was wel­come to join the Foun­da­tion and do­nate funds to sup­port, grow and se­cure the fu­ture of the In­dus­try.

“Work­ers are in­vited in­vest in their own fu­ture and sup­port their In­dus­try by mak­ing an an­nual $20 do­na­tion - $10 in Jan­uary and $10 in July - to the QTWSF,” she said.

“In re­turn QTWSF ac­tiv­i­ties will help se­cure jobs, pro­vide bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties and es­tab­lish a sus­tain­able for our In­dus­try.” QTWSF is a not-for-profit com­pany and will be ad­min­is­tered by peak in­dus­try body Tim­ber Queens­land un­til the or­gan­i­sa­tion is fully oper­a­tional. QTWSF op­er­ates as a sep­a­rate en­tity to Tim­ber Queens­land with its own Board of Di­rec­tors and fi­nan­cial op­er­a­tions. QTWSF’s Board of Di­rec­tors com­prises the orig­i­na­tor of the QTWSF con­cept Ross Lakin, Op­er­a­tions Man­ager, Park­side Tim­ber Divi­sion; Sean Gribble Na­tional Op­er­a­tions Man­ager, Agora Tim­bers; James Hyne, Re­source Man­ager, Hyne and Ali­cia Oelk­ers, Queens­land State Man­ager, TABMA (Chair).

In­au­gu­ral QTWSF Chair­per­son and Queens­land State Man­ager TABMA, Ali­cia Oelk­ers.

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