Thursday 29 Mar 2018Two years out from the big event, AUSTimber2020 was launched on Monday, marking the official countdown to what is the largest timber expo in the Southern Hemisphere. Mr Adan Taylor, Chairman the Australian Forest Contractors Association made the announcement at the HVP Flynn Site in Gippsland, Victoria, saying that AUSTimber2020 is an exciting event, and will bring thousands of visitors to the local region.
“The expo is a whole of industry event which showcases the best the forest, fibre and wood products industry has to offer, and gives the general public a chance to learn all about how the industry works,” he said. The launch also allowed those who had already committed to exhibit at AUSTimber2020, along with prospective exhibitors and sponsors to join key industry stakeholders to view the site and hear about proposed changes, including the use of one site for all expo and demonstration days.
Latrobe City Council and Wellington Shire Council have again thrown their support behind AUSTimber, which in 2016 generated over AU$8 million to the local and regional economy.
The AUSTimber Launch coincided with the Maryvale Mill Open Day which is celebrating 80 years of pulp and paper productions. Both events show the strength and importance of the timber industry to the region. The industry is a vital industry for regional Victoria. Directly employing more than 21,000 workers, it indirectly supports another 40,000 to 50,000 jobs, providing a sustainable future for suburban, rural and regional communities across Victoria.
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