Forester signs on as AUSTim­ber2016 Op­er­a­tions Man­ager

Australian Forests and Timber - - AUSTIMBER 2016 -

HIS FIRST en­counter with pro­duc­tion forestry was as a univer­sity stu­dent in South Africa be­fore em­bark­ing on a ca­reer that, over the past 30 years, has seen him in var­i­ous man­age­ment roles in South Africa, Tas­ma­nia and Gipp­s­land.

Now Wayne Shaw-John­ston has taken on the role of Op­er­a­tions Man­ager for AUSTim­ber2016 to make sure the event runs smoothly for all vis­i­tors and ex­hibitors from hav­ing enough toi­lets on both expo sites to get­ting the prod­uct pro­duced at the forest site ef­fi­ciently car­ried to its com­mer­cial des­ti­na­tion.

Wayne is no stranger to the AUSTim­ber2016 In-forest expo site as he was one of a small group who ex­plored var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Gipp­s­land to find the one that could meet all the re­quire­ments set for it by the or­gan­is­ers. Stands of eu­ca­lypts and pines lo­cated in close prox­im­ity to each other on the one site, an in­ter­est­ing land­scape for the tra­di­tional Forest Walk and good ac­cess from Trar­al­gon.

Hav­ing worked as Har­vest­ing and Road­ing Man­ager for HVP in Gipp­s­land up un­til early last year and his 20 odd years ex­pe­ri­ence in op­er­a­tional pro­duc­tion roles helped him know where the most ap­pro­pri­ate site would likely be.

“HVP Plan­ta­tions, who are lead­ers in in­no­va­tion and many ini­tia­tives in the forest in­dus­try, have pre­pared a great forest expo site. This com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing the in­dus­try with a first class demon­stra­tion site has been sup­ported by HVP man­age­ment at all lev­els from the COO Cameron MacDon­ald to the GIpp­s­land Gen­eral Man­ager Si­mon Gatt and un­der the di­rect man­age­ment of Travis Healy,” said Wayne.

With plenty of lo­cal knowl­edge, he is look­ing for­ward to re­new­ing his ac­quain­tances in the Gipp­s­land re­gion as well as catch­ing up with lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cers and exhibiting ma­chin­ery sup­pli­ers from all over the world.

“I am priv­i­leged and ex­cited to be part of the team pre­sent­ing to the in­dus­try the lat­est tech­nol­ogy that en­ables the ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery of all as­pects of the forestry sup­ply chain from grow­ing and main­tain­ing a re­new­able nat­u­ral re­source, to get­ting the right prod­uct de­liv­ered to mills through even­tu­ally sat­is­fy­ing end cus­tomers’ man­u­fac­tured tim­ber re­quire­ments.”

“Show­ing this can be done safely thor­ough a sound cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process is some­thing I’m par­tic­u­larly keen for the gen­eral public to see for them­selves as it can only help our public im­age while mak­ing em­ploy­ment in the in­dus­try a more at­trac­tive propo­si­tion to po­ten­tial new re­cruits.

“Added to this, the Wood En­cour­age­ment Poli­cies adopted by the two lo­cal coun­cils (La­trobe City and Welling­ton Shire) un­der­pin that it is pos­si­ble to have a well bal­anced and an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able in­dus­try pro­duc­ing var­i­ous tim­ber prod­ucts that will help grow our econ­omy in many pos­i­tive ways,” said Wayne.

“I am also look­ing for­ward to re­cruit­ing and work­ing with the vol­un­teer team who will help en­sure AUSTim­ber 2016 will be a great event for all vis­i­tors and ex­hibitors. It is all about work­ing to­gether as a team and as a com­plete in­dus­try. We are one “min cura fu­ture “We care for the fu­ture!”

Wayne took up his new role at the start of Jan­uary and ex­pects to be flat out dot­ting i’s and cross­ing t’s en­sur­ing a safe and ef­fi­cient AUSTim­ber 2016 event un­til the last ex­hibitor is bumped out from the expo sites in mid April.

Wayne Shaw-John­ston has taken on the role of Op­er­a­tions Man­ager for AUSTim­ber2016.

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