Industry leaders recognised at Victorian awards

Friday 2 Nov 2018

The Victorian timber and forest industry celebrated the hard work of its members and the contribution they make to the Victorian community, its economy, and the sustainability of the state. The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) Awards were presented at the Industry’s annual dinner held at RACV City Club on Friday, 19 October, and saw several businesses recognised for their innovation and sustainability credentials, as well as their community engagement.

VAFI CEO Tim Johnston said the 2018 VAFI Awards are recognition of the outstanding work by businesses in the Victorian timber and forest industry and are examples of how the industry is working to ensure it has a bright future.

“The work that goes on each year by those in the industry is second to none and I am always amazed by the high calibre of entries we get for the awards. It is fitting to see the hard work of VAFI Members recognised appropriately,” he said.

The 2018 VAFI Award recipients were:

- Stafford Logging, winner of the Sustainability Award
- Pyrenees Timber, winner of the Community Award
- Australian Bluegum Plantations, winner of the Economy Award
- Emma Gall, HVP Plantations, winner of the Special Recognition Award: Individual Excellence

As the key event for the timber and forest industry in Victoria, the VAFI Annual Industry Dinner brought together some 250 key industry stakeholders, members of Governments, friends, associates and colleagues in a night showcasing the best the industry has to offer.

The 2018 VAFI Industry Review ― an overview of the forest and wood products industry in Victoria ― was also launched at the Dinner. The VAFI Annual Industry Dinner is made possible by its sponsors, which included Gold Sponsor Australian Paper, Silver Sponsors VicForests and First Super, Award Sponsor Australian Bluegum Plantations, Bronze Sponsors Fenning Bairnsdale, and Ryan & McNulty Sawmillers, as well as several other event sponsors.

Photo:Emma Gall, HVP Plantations, winner of the Special Recognition Award, Capture Point Photography.

Source: VAFI

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