Green Tri­an­gle in­au­gu­ral awards

Awards Din­ner to be held at The Barn, Mount Gam­bier, on Fri­day 26 Oc­to­ber

Australian Forests and Timber - - Front Page -

Col­lec­tive sup­port is ev­i­dent for the new ini­tia­tive hit­ting the tim­ber in­dus­try this year as a keen group of in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives get to­gether un­der the aus­pice of the Green Tri­an­gle Tim­ber Awards Com­mit­tee (GTTIA) to man­age the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an awards event for the greater in­dus­try.

Last year OneFortyOne Plan­ta­tions held their first Safety Awards recog­nis­ing lead­ers, com­pa­nies and the ini­tia­tives, of those that work along­side them in the in­dus­try. The event was such a suc­cess that they felt pas­sion­ately about rolling it out across Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia.

The Green Tri­an­gle is home to Aus­tralia’s largest col­lec­tive plan­ta­tion and tim­ber pro­cess­ing in­dus­try, contributing sig­nif­i­cantly to Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia, gen­er­at­ing more than $778 mil­lion Gross Re­gional Prod­uct an­nu­ally. In ex­cess of 355,000 hectares of soft­wood and hard­wood plan­ta­tions pro­duce tim­ber for lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing, na­tional and ex­port mar­kets. The in­dus­try un­der­pins some 8,500 re­gional jobs and pro­vides a valu­able foun­da­tion for busi­nesses and in­vestors. Mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits

The in­au­gu­ral awards cam­paign will ben­e­fit the re­gion’s tim­ber in­dus­try in sev­eral ex­cit­ing ways. Chair of the GTTIA Com­mit­tee, Adrian Flow­ers said: “The awards will en­able us to at­tract skilled em­ploy­ees to the re­gion as val­ued in­dus­try play­ers and will up skill and lift the stan­dards of the work­force here. It also pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for the Green Tri­an­gle’s tim­ber in­dus­try to cel­e­brate its skilled pro­fes­sion­als and unite in­dus­try play­ers.”

Six months ago, the GTTIA Com­mit­tee put for­ward a pro­posal to repli­cate a sim­i­lar for­mat to the East­land Wood Coun­cil Forestry Awards held in Gis­borne, New Zealand; which is now into its ninth year. The event held in Gis­borne each year has grown from 200 guests at the in­au­gu­ral event up to 500 guests at the Awards last year. Sim­i­lar awards take place in sev­eral other re­gions around New Zealand.

The in­ten­tion over the next few months is for event man­ager, Prue Younger from Public Im­pres­sions Ltd, to seek sup­port and spon­sor­ship from the in­dus­try in the Green Tri­an­gle re­gion and build on this as a strong base. Spon­sors are an in­te­gral part of this growth op­por­tu­nity, to lift the pro­file of the in­dus­try, to be in­clu­sive in tak­ing the in­dus­try for­ward and to be the cat­a­lyst of the devel­op­ment and man­age­ment of the Green Tri­an­gle Tim­ber In­dus­try Awards.

Nom­i­na­tions will open 4 June 2018 and the nom­i­na­tion process will give op­por­tu­nity for in­di­vid­u­als, con­trac­tors and tim­ber com­pa­nies to put forth their ap­pli­ca­tions to be recog­nised across a se­lec­tion of cat­e­gories. These cat­e­gories will fea­ture nom­i­nees who demon­strate ex­cel­lence beyond best prac­tice, a high qual­ity of work out­put and ev­i­denced on­go­ing train­ing.

They must also com­ply with en­vi­ron­men­tal and health & safety prac­tices and show good char­ac­ter. Forestry, road­ing, har­vest­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion and wood pro­cess­ing will all be rep­re­sented across the cat­e­gories.

Tro­phies are up for com­pany and in­di­vid­ual awards and ini­tia­tives for out­stand­ing health & safety, re­gional and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

This will cul­mi­nate post-judg­ing to the Awards Din­ner to be held at The Barn, Mount Gam­bier, on Fri­day 26 Oc­to­ber 2018 with a guest master of cer­e­monies yet to be an­nounced. Tick­ets to the event will be pro­moted in June with an ex­pected at­ten­dance of up to 500 in­dus­try guests.

“With plenty of time ahead of us to pro­mote this event to the in­dus­try, the op­por­tu­nity to man­age this Awards well, get plenty of in­dus­try in­volved and to en­sure nom­i­na­tions will be sub­mit­ted, is a won­der­ful ad­van­tage to en­sur­ing the Award Cam­paign’s suc­cess,” said Ms Younger.

What is ex­cit­ing is that there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther in­vest­ment, greater pro­duc­tion and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and fur­ther value adding to ex­ist­ing tim­ber pro­cess­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the Green Tri­an­gle tim­ber in­dus­try, with ready ac­cess to a strong and dy­namic Aus­tralian mar­ket within a sta­ble busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

“We look for­ward to hav­ing our in­dus­try in­volved with this event and as we pro­mote the spon­sor­ship over the next few months, we know from ex­pe­ri­ence those that get in first are al­ways re­luc­tant to drop their sta­tus as an in­au­gu­ral spon­sor,” said Adrian.

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