New na­tional for­est plan of­fers cer­tainty for the fu­ture

Recog­ni­tion of ma­jor changes in in­dus­try

Australian Forests and Timber - - Fwpa Gala Industry Dinner -

THE AFPA gala din­ner in Can­berra on Septem­ber 12 would go down as a wa­ter­shed mo­ment for the for­est in­dus­tries in Aus­tralia, ac­cord­ing to CEO Ross Hamp­ton.

He said Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull’s com­pre­hen­sive plan to sup­port the growth and sus­tain­abil­ity of the sec­tor “has given us recog­ni­tion at the high­est level of gov­ern­ment”.

Ad­dress­ing more than 500 guests at the din­ner, Mr Turn­bull said: “Tonight I am pleased to an­nounce I am re­quest­ing Sen­a­tor Anne Rus­ton to help us de­velop a new gov­ern­ment plan that will un­der­pin growth in the re­new­able tim­ber and wood­fi­bre in­dus­try and work to give you the vi­sion and cer­tainty you need.

“We are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing this in­dus­try as a growth en­gine for re­gional Aus­tralia.”

An ex­tra di­men­sion was added to the event as in­dus­try stake­hold­ers from all over Aus­tralia spent qual­ity time with 40 to 50 MPs.

Mr Hamp­ton said pol­icy set­tings, now a gen­er­a­tion old, had been re­set for the fu­ture.

“Th­ese poli­cies needed up­dat­ing so the PM’s an­nounce­ment will build on the good work of the For­est In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil with the gov­ern­ment com­ing for­ward with a new full-blown for­est in­dus­tries plan for Aus­tralia in the 21st cen­tury,” he said.

“We have reached a new state of healthy ac­knowl­edge­ment of the in­dus­try’s right­ful place as one of the prime feed­ers of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in Aus­tralia, par­tic­u­larly in re­gional ar­eas.

“The Turn­bull gov­ern­ment has reaf­firmed its strong sup­port for the sec­tor and is com­mit­ted to fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion to achieve cer­tainty into the fu­ture.”

AFPA chair­man Greg McCor­mack en­thu­si­as­ti­cally wel­comed the de­vel­op­ment of a for­est in­dus­tries plan.

“The guid­ing pol­icy doc­u­ments used by gov­ern­ment to frame re­sponses to our in­dus­tries were both de­liv­ered last cen­tury – the 1992 Na­tional For­est Pol­icy State­ment and the 1997 Plan­ta­tions Vi­sion 2020 plan,” Mr McCor­mack said.

“Our in­dus­tries have changed dra­mat­i­cally since then and I am de­lighted the Prime Min­is­ter has recog­nised that it is vi­tal that gov­ern­ment and de­part­ments also up­date their ap­proach.

“The new gov­ern­ment na­tional for­est in­dus­tries plan will, we trust, out­line ac­tions to sup­port the in­dus­try to es­tab­lish new plan­ta­tions, in­crease in­vest­ment and grasp op­por­tu­ni­ties in the emerg­ing bio-econ­omy to turbo-charge re­gional job cre­ation and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.”

The gala din­ner was also an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the in­dus­try’s best and bright­est, with the an­nounce­ment of the winners of the in­au­gu­ral 2017 For­est In­dus­try In­no­va­tion Awards.

The three award winners were: OneSafeGroup for in­no­va­tion in safety; Tim­ber Com­mu­ni­ties Aus­tralia for in­no­va­tion in train­ing; and AKD Soft­woods for in­no­va­tion in busi­ness.

The winners in each cat­e­gory were pre­sented with a $1000 cash prize and a spe­cial tim­ber tro­phy.

Fi­nal­ists in each cat­e­gory were TABMA Aus­tralia (train­ing), Hume Forests (safety); and SFM Hydrowood (busi­ness in­no­va­tion).

“The AFPA award for in­no­va­tion in train­ing has given de­served wider recog­ni­tion of Tim­ber Com­mu­ni­ties Aus­tralia, es­pe­cially the value of young peo­ple – our young am­bas­sadors and fu­ture in­dus­try lead­ers – in pro­mot­ing the value of sus­tain­able forests,” TCA

na­tional co­or­di­na­tor Helen Mur­ray said.

“The award also recog­nised the im­por­tance of a ‘voice’ for in­dus­try in re­gional ar­eas to re­act and re­spond to aris­ing is­sues rel­e­vant to the sec­tor,” she said. “OneFortyOne Plan­ta­tions and its con­tract part­ners in the OneSafe Group, are hon­oured to have been awarded the In­dus­try In­no­va­tion Award for Safety,” CEO Linda Sewell said.

“In just 12 months, as a re­sult of the in­ten­sive work and col­lab­o­ra­tion of the group, the col­lec­tive in­jury in­ci­dent rate has more than halved,” she said.

“This award is tes­ta­ment to the fore­sight and fo­cus of the group in im­prov­ing safety, in a way that has never been done be­fore in the forestry in­dus­try.”

In­no­va­tion in Busi­ness Award win­ner As­so­ci­ated Kiln Dri­ers Pty Ltd op­er­ates in­te­grated forestry and tim­ber pro­cess­ing com­pany based in south­west Vic­to­ria.

The state’s big­gest sawmilling com­pany, AKD is the sec­ond largest in Aus­tralia with two sawmills pro­cess­ing about 630,000m3 a year. It draws on about 8000 ha of ra­di­ata plan­ta­tions in Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia.

■ Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­ball speak­ing at the AFPA gala din­ner.

■ Ric Sin­clair, manag­ing direc­tor, For­est and Wood Prod­ucts Aus­tralia, John Sum­mers, gen­eral man­ager, sales, Tim­ber­link Aus­tralia, Glen Rivers, chief forester, OneFortyOne Plan­ta­tions, and David Brand, CEO and founder of New Forests.

■ Ron Caddy, Lam­cal Builders Sup­plies, Mel­bourne, Shane Vi­cary, AKD Soft­woods, Co­lac, Vic, and Peter Alexan­der, Peuker and Alexan­der, Mel­bourne.

■ Sarah Paradice, CEO, In­sti­tute of Foresters, Can­berra (cen­tre) with daugh­ter Lizzie and Suzette Weed­ing, gen­eral man­ager, for­est de­vel­op­ment, Sus­tain­able Tim­ber Tasmania.

■ Terry Ed­wards. CEO, For­est In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion of Tasmania (right) with Fin­lease rep­re­sen­ta­tives Mark O'Donoghue, group CEO and manag­ing direc­tor, Syd­ney, James Bret­tnall, equip­ment fi­nance bro­ker, Mel­bourne, Alex Char­i­laou, se­nior fi­nance bro­ker,...

■ Mick Theobald, mar­ket­ing and op­er­a­tions man­ager, OneFortyOne Plan­ta­tions, Mount Gam­bier, with Sen­a­tor Ian Macdon­ald, who was Min­is­ter for Forestry and Con­ser­va­tion 2001-2002 and Min­is­ter for Fish­eries, Forestry and Con­ser­va­tion 2002-2006 in the...

■ Peter Robin­son, GM strat­egy and de­vel­op­ment, PNG For­est Prod­ucts, Dave Gover, CEO, En­gi­neered Wood Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­trala­sia, and Stu­art Toak­ley, sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager, Borg Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Syd­ney.

■ Pro­fes­sor Rod Keenan, school of ecosys­tem and for­est sci­ences, Univer­sity of Mel­bourne, and Ali­son Carmichael, man­ager, Agsafe Ltd, and direc­tor Aus­tralian Forestry Stan­dard.

■ Paul Groen­hout, manag­ing direc­tor, PF Olsen, Mel­bourne, with Linda Sewell, CEO, OneFortyOne Plan­ta­tions.

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