Timber Com­mu­ni­ties Australia look­ing to build on 2017 achieve­ments

Co­or­di­na­tor sought for AUSTim­ber 2020

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

TCA is look­ing to the fu­ture and, with a rein­vig­o­rated fo­cus, is plan­ning on build­ing on its suc­cess.

Fol­low­ing the 2017 An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing in Novem­ber, the new Board met to dis­cuss plans for the fu­ture. The new Board is made up of; Owen Trumper (In­dus­try Con­sul­tant) (Chair), Bren­ton Yon (Ko­matsu For­est), Peter Ruther­ford (South East Timber As­so­ci­a­tion), Anne Kerr (OneFortyOne Plan­ta­tions), and Nigel Catchlove (Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Con­sul­tant).

The Board ac­knowl­edged the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to TCA made by de­part­ing Board mem­bers Stacey Gar­diner (Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion) and Peter Gostelow (NSW TAFE). Their ef­forts in sup­port­ing TCA have been sub­stan­tial and valu­able.

Board Chair Owen Trumper said: “2017 saw sig­nif­i­cant progress on some key ar­eas. He­len Mur­ray as Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful in de­vel­op­ing the award win­ning Young Com­mu­nity Am­bas­sadors pro­gram and work­ing on the board of FSC to en­sure the in­ter­ests of com­mu­nity were well rep­re­sented in the stan­dards and ini­tia­tives set by the board of FSC Australia.

“He­len has re­cently re­signed and TCA wishes her ev­ery suc­cess in her new en­deav­ors.

“As a re­sult of He­len’s res­ig­na­tion and the elec­tion of the new Board, we will be re­view­ing and up­dat­ing our busi­ness plan. The Board is en­thu­si­as­tic about build­ing on the suc­cesses of 2017 and tak­ing this op­por­tu­nity to re­fo­cus the goals and as­pi­ra­tions of TCA. The review is ex­pected to take place over the next few months and will in­volve ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with TCA stake­hold­ers.

“The role of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor will be de­fined by the planned review. Once the re­vised busi­ness plan is es­tab­lished, TCA will be re­cruit­ing a Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor with the skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to de­liver the new goals,” said Owen.

The Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (AFCA) is seek­ing an event co­or­di­na­tor for AUSTim­ber2020. AUSTim­ber is held ev­ery four years and is the largest for­est in­dus­try event in the south­ern hemi­sphere. AUSTim­ber2020 is to be held in Gipp­s­land, Vic­to­ria, as it was in 2016.

AUSTim­ber Events Pty Ltd is re­spon­si­ble for run­ning the event and is a com­pany owned by AFCA is a na­tional mem­ber­ship based as­so­ci­a­tion for for­est con­tract­ing busi­nesses and is op­er­ated by a vol­un­teer Board of Di­rec­tors se­lected from mem­ber­ship and a small team. AUSTim­ber Events shares AFCA’s man­age­ment struc­ture.

AUSTim­ber2020 will build on the suc­cess of the 2016 event. AUSTim­ber2016 at­tracted over 80 ex­hibitors with over 7,000 peo­ple vis­it­ing the event over a week of ac­tiv­i­ties gen­er­at­ing more than $60 mil­lion in free pub­lic­ity alone. AUSTim­ber at­tracts com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age across tele­vi­sion, ra­dio, print, on­line and so­cial me­dia, reach­ing re­gional, state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences.

In 2020, AUSTim­ber will de­liver ac­tiv­i­ties over the course of 6 days and will in­clude field trips and site vis­its as well as over two days of Ex­hi­bi­tion & Demon­stra­tion field days at the HVP Flynn site, just out­side Trar­al­gon in Gipp­s­land, Vic­to­ria.

AUSTim­ber is look­ing to grow and di­ver­sify the num­ber of ex­hibitors from 80 to over 110.

AUSTim­ber2020 will run from Mon­day 30 March–Satur­day 4 April 2020. In ad­di­tion, there will be re­lated events in the lead up to 2020 in­clud­ing a launch in March 2018.

EOIs must be sub­mit­ted no later than 15 De­cem­ber 2017 and in­clude a cov­er­ing let­ter, re­sponse to the above cri­te­ria and a pro­posed fee struc­ture. Please for­ward ap­pli­ca­tions to of­[email protected] afca.asn.au

For fur­ther ques­tions or to dis­cuss this unique and flex­i­ble op­por­tu­nity please con­tact:

Stacey Gar­diner, AFCA Gen­eral Man­ager, M 0419 328 093, E [email protected]

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