New TCA Chair looks for­ward to ‘defin­ing pe­riod’

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

NEW TIM­BER Com­mu­ni­ties Aus­tralia (TCA) Chair, Bren­ton Yon, be­lieves 2016 will be a defin­ing year as TCA pre­pares to roll out new ini­tia­tives.

Mr Yon, Na­tional Sales Man­ager with Ko­matsu Forest, was elected Chair of the Board, fol­low­ing TCA’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in late 2015.

“The tim­ber in­dus­try in Aus­tralia con­tin­ues to make a re­mark­able re­cov­ery in many re­gions and re­mains a key part of re­gional and metropoli­tan com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia,” Mr Yon said.

“The com­ing year is a defin­ing pe­riod for Tim­ber Com­mu­ni­ties Aus­tralia and we have the op­por­tu­nity to build a big­ger and bet­ter TCA on the back of new ideas, new ini­tia­tives and re­newed en­thu­si­asm.

“A strong TCA means a strong voice for grass­roots tim­ber com­mu­ni­ties around Aus­tralia and our Board is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing new and ex­ist­ing mem­bers see the value mem­ber­ship pro­vides.

“Mem­ber­ship growth is one of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s key aims in 2016 and we will be run­ning dif­fer­ent pro­grams - aimed at help­ing mem­bers to build their skills and net­works, as well as high­light­ing the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion our in­dus­try makes in lo­cal ar­eas.

“One ini­tia­tive TCA will be launch­ing in 2016 is a ‘Young Am­bas­sadors’ pro­gram which will foster the next gen­er­a­tion of com­mu­nity voices within the in­dus­try and I look for­ward to pro­vid­ing more de­tails about this pro­gram in the com­ing weeks.

“I thank all of our mem­bers for their con­tin­ued sup­port and en­cour­age oth­ers work­ing in the tim­ber in­dus­try to con­sider join­ing TCA to help us main­tain a strong and vi­brant or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

Among the other board changes an­nounced at the 2015 AGM were, Aus­tralian Forest Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Gen­eral Man­ager, Stacey Gar­diner was elected to an Af­fil­i­ate Mem­ber po­si­tion and has be­come vice-chair. Peter Ruther­ford from the South East Tim­ber As­so­ci­a­tion was re-elected to an Af­fil­i­ate Mem­ber po­si­tion. David Walsh from Vic­to­ria was elected to a Spon­sor Mem­ber po­si­tion, join­ing Tas­ma­ni­an­based James Shevlin who was re-elected.

“I would like to thank out­go­ing Chair, Trevor Sargeant for his work with TCA fol­low­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s 2014 restructure. Trevor will fo­cus on his role as co­or­di­na­tor of the NSW North Coast Task Force and I’m very pleased he will also re­main an ac­tive TCA mem­ber,” Mr Yon said.

“Mrs Lexie Hurford did not stand for re-elec­tion at the re­cent AGM and I again thank Lexie for the con­tri­bu­tion she had made over many years to both the ‘new’ TCA and its pre­de­ces­sor or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“The TCA Board looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to play its role by serv­ing to bet­ter the lives of our mem­bers and work­ing closely with our in­dus­try across Aus­tralia,” he said.

In­di­vid­ual mem­bers in­ter­ested in fill­ing the ca­sual TCA Board va­cancy, pre­vi­ously filled by Mr Sargeant, are en­cour­aged to con­tact He­len Mur­ray on 0419 991 424 or hmur­ray@

Bren­ton Yon

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