Count­down is on for the VAFI An­nual Din­ner

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

THE STAGE is set for this year’s VAFI An­nual In­dus­try Din­ner to be the best one yet. Cel­e­brat­ing 130 years of in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tion, the din­ner will pay trib­ute to the past while look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture.

“We have a long and proud his­tory in the for­est and wood prod­ucts in­dus­try and we will touch on this his­tory on the night,” said VAFI CEO Tim Johnston.

“We also know that we have a bright fu­ture ahead of us, and the din­ner will highlight that fu­ture. We can’t spend our time look­ing back, we have to en­sure we can see what is ahead of us.”

Change and lead­er­ship will also be a key theme on the night with Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar and in-de­mand fe­male speaker, Rachael Robert­son, pro­vid­ing the key­note ad­dress on the night. Rachael will talk about real lead­er­ship, honed to a fine edge as she led a year­long ex­pe­di­tion to the dark­est, windi­est, cold­est and scari­est place on earth: Antarc­tica.

The night will be presided over by In­dus­try Edge’s Tim Woods, and will see the recog­ni­tion of the hard work by in­dus­try through the VAFI Awards.

“I see the hard work of VAFI mem­bers, and the wider in­dus­try, ev­ery day and it is a great priv­i­leged to stand among them ev­ery year at the VAFI din­ner,” Mr Johnston said.

This year VAFI is proud to an­nounce the fol­low­ing spon­sors: Aus­tralian Pa­per, Aus­tralian Bluegum Plan­ta­tions, Fen­ning Bairns­dale, Ryan & McNulty, First Su­per, VicForests and AE Gib­son.

“What the sup­port of our spon­sors means can­not be put into words; with­out them we wouldn’t be here and I want to ex­tend a huge thank you to all of them for com­ing on board this year.”

VAFI would like your help to make 2016 a year of cel­e­bra­tion. We would love to hear your sto­ries about the in­dus­try in Vic­to­ria and we would love to see your pho­tos from the past, and the present.

This in­dus­try would not be the great in­dus­try it is to­day with­out all of you.

Through­out this year we will be run­ning a spot­light on his­tory in our news­let­ter, The News Mill, and will fea­ture sto­ries and pho­tos on the night of the din­ner. To be a part of this cel­e­bra­tion please con­tact the VAFI of­fice at info@vafi.org.au or give us a call on 03 9611 9000.

Tick­ets for the VAFI An­nual In­dus­try Din­ner will be avail­able from 1 Septem­ber 2016 at www.vafi.org.au/an­nualdin­ner2016 or by con­tact­ing the VAFI of­fice.

Tim Johnston

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