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Weekly news for the Australian and New Zealand Timber and Forestry Industries


  • 1SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | PAGE

    MEMBERS of the new Forest Industry Advisory Council formed to provide recommendations to government on proposed legislation and policies that impact on a $7 billion industry were announced in Hobart last week.

    Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck announced the make-up of the FIAC during an Australian Forest Products Association dinner.

    The establishment of a Forest Industry Advisory Council was

    one of the Coalitions key election commitments to revitalise the forestry industry.

    The council will advise government on building a

    positive future for the forestry industry in Australia, Senator Colbeck said.

    He said council members

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  • PAGE | SEPTEMBER 22, 20142

    had a broad range of forestry expertise and were well-placed to inform government about key issues impacting the sector.

    The councillors come from a range of sectors within the forestry industry and community, including sawmilling, private forestry, plantations, wood product importers, and manufacturers.

    Six councillors and observers are based in Victoria, three in New South Wales, two in Western Australia, one in Tasmania, one in the Northern Territory and one observer in the ACT.

    The AFIC will meet in a few weeks to discuss issues including research and development, opportunities for commercial forestry under the Carbon Farming Initiative, investment for new forests and processing, update of the National Forest Policy Statement, and emerging uses for wood fi bre and cellulose products.

    Senator Colbeck will co-chair the council alongside experienced forester Rob de Fgely, president of the Institute of Foresters of Australia. Councillors also include:

    Ian Dickenson AO (private forestry and farm forestry, Tasmania).

    Vince Hurley (sawmilling, Victoria).

    Andrew Hurford (sawmilling, NSW).

    Linda Sewell (plantation management, Victoria).

    Nils Koren (timber importation, Victoria).

    Andrew Leighton (pulp and paper manufacturing, NSW).

    Ron Adams (research and development, Western Australia).

    Karina Coombes (indigenous forestry, Northern Territory).

    Michelle Freeman (forestry communities, Victoria).

    Observers on the FIAC are Ross Hampton, Australian Forest Products Association, Canberra; Gavin Butcher, Forest Products Commission, Western Australia; Ric Sinclair, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Melbourne; and Michael Hartman, ForestWorks, Melbourne.

    Chairman of the Australian Forest Products Association Greg McCormack said the announcement represented a keeping of faith with forest product industries.

    AFPA is delighted to be asked to assist the government by joining the other key players from industry and allied bodies who will make up this council and be tasked, in Senator Colbecks words, of really getting rubber on the road, Mr McCormack said.

    AFPA strongly argues that to enable forest product industries in this country to invest in plant, equipment, people and resources, they must have a national fi bre and forestry plan to deliver investment confi dence just like the White Paper process which the government is undertaking for agriculture.

    Unlike many businesses, forest product industries rely on a resource which must be planted decades before it is needed, and that will only happen if businesses have certainty that they have a big future in this country, Mr McCormack said.

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    The 7th Annual Industry Development Conference followed by the AFPA and ForestWorks Gala Dinner

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    Council members havewide range of expertise

    Michelle Freeman .. AFIC member concentrating on forestry communities.

    Linda SewellAndrew Hurford Ron Adams

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  • 3SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | PAGE


    CAPTAINS of industry and a crew of more than 200 wood enthusiasts navigated a course for architectural excellence at the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour in Sydney last Thursday for the launch of the 15th Australian Timber Design Awards.

    Special guest Senator Richard Colbeck, federal Secretary for Agriculture, took part in the presentations with entrants and award winners announced by MC Rebecca Gilling, human resources adviser with Planet Ark and well-known Australian actor.

    The overall Australian Timber Design Award, sponsored by WoodSolutions, was presented to Bates Smart (in collaboration with the Irwin Alsop Group) for Melbournes Dandenong Mental Health Facility.

    The judges agreed the health facility clearly meets these criteria in its recognition of the benefits of timber for functionality as well the importance of sensory experience.

    The proportion to detail was exceptional, clearly demonstrating an understanding of the material that they are working with, the judges said.

    The building and surrounds

    were an elegant complement to their environment. The judges particularly commented on the understanding by the design team that wood use benefits occupants health timber for healing.

    Set within a suburban residential area, the interface between the acute mental health facility and the surrounding suburban homes created a challenge for the design team. The solution was a defensive perimeter with the perception of public, semi-public and private interfaces. The design breaks scale and

    texture with its surroundings and offers a new streetscape for residents to enjoy.

    A domestic-scale interior and the extensive use of ironbark (Eucalyptus crebra) gives the project warmth, drama and texture.

    This years awards event saw another lift in the application of timber design, the best ever, said Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association, which organised the awards.

    The judges had a huge task to find the overall winners as there were many to choose from that had equal merit.

    Mr Dunn said the judges had to consult the objective



    Quality in timber designruns deep at awards night200 applaud winners at Maritime Museum

    Top prize .. Eileen Newbury, marketing and communications manager, Forest and Wood Products Australia (right) presents the WoodSolutions-sponsored overall Australian Timber Design Award to Kevin Masci, representing Bates Smart Architects, for the Dandenong Mental Health Facility. Looking on as Eileen hands over the plaque, a slice taken from a blackbutt burl, are federal Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck and Australian actor and Planet Ark human resources adviser Rebecca Giliing who was MC for the awards night at the Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. Cont P 4

    Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association, Sydney (right) welcomes James Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Partners and his wife Susie to the Australian Timber Design Awards. Mr Fitzpatrick was on the judging panel for this years awards.

  • PAGE | SEPTEMBER 22, 20144

    of the awards and remind themselves what they were about developing a timber design ethos through the encouragement and showcasing of superlative timber design in a variety of applications.

    The awards are not just about finding the building that used the most timber or is the prettiest, but to reward innovative use and development of new markets through timber design, Mr Dunn said.

    The popular Peoples Choice Award, supported by Intergrain Timber Finishes, was won by k20 Architecture for the Hindmarsh Corporate Centre in Nhill, a town in the Wimmera in western Victoria.

    This project is the

    development of Hindmarsh Councils corporate offices and is a new iconic sustainably focused precinct which re-uses the existing 1960s building. The design is inspired by the local rural vernacular of