Australasian Timber

TABMA continues to go from strength to strength

- By Colin Fitzpatric­k Chief Executive Officer Timber & Building Materials Associatio­n (Aust.) Ltd

THE 2016 Timber Industry Dinner, attended by 220 guests representi­ng all States as well as special overseas guests, was held in Sydney on October 7. Entertainm­ent was provided by illusionis­t Matt Hollywood and a DJ playing everybody’s favourite music. The annual TABMA Member of the Year Award was presented to ITI Australia and accepted by Craig Davies.

Queensland Awards Dinner

The Queensland Timber Awards Dinner was held on October 15 at Rydges, Southbank. Trainee of the Year Brennan Turner – Hudson Home Hardware, Nerang Best Timber Wholesale Representa­tive Melonie Conduit, Parkside Timbers Host Employer of the Year Woodhouse Timber Company Best Timber Manufactur­ing Company Timbeck Architectu­ral Most Innovative Operation Parkside Wondai, Dry Mill Best Building Materials Centre Bretts Home Timber & Hardware Best Frame & Truss Fabricator Langs Building Supplies Best Sawmilling Operation Hyne Timber Best Timber Wholesale Operation ITI Queensland Best Timber Merchant Gowan Lea Timbers John Gill

TABMA Victoria

We are pleased to advise of the appointmen­t of Sam Sammour to the position of State Manager, TABMA Victoria. Sam took up his role on October 24.

TABMA Group Annual General Meeting

The 2016 AGM of the TABMA Group was held in Sydney at the Hotel Urban on November 3.

At the meeting Peter Hutchison (MiTek) was elected unopposed as President for the 2016/17 year. Brenton Christophe­r (John Cook & Sons) and David Little (Hardware & General) were elected Vice Presidents. The following comprise the Board of Directors for 2016/17: Andrew Bone (Bone Timber SA) Roy Edwards (Heyden Frame & Truss NSW) Michael Gaske (Ozline Timber Qld) Danny Gattone (Swadlings Timber & Hardware NSW) Glenn Johnston (Stockwells Joinery NSW) Brett McKay (McKay Timbers Tasmania) John Stewart (Simmonds Lumber NSW) Gary Walker (Belmont Timber NSW)

The 2016 Year

2016 was a very good year for the TABMA Group with revenue up over 40% on the previous year and our total employee numbers now nudging 300. All divisions are progressin­g well especially our GTO - TABMA Apprentice­s & Trainees and our RTO – TABMA Training.

Seasons Greetings

We at TABMA wish all our members and all in the timber industry a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2017 brings prosperity to all.

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