Forestry success celebrated at inaugural awards

Friday 2 Nov 2018

A multi-generational logging company was on Friday night toasted as the supreme winner of the inaugural Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards at The Barn in Mount Gambier, SA. More than 450 people were on hand to celebrate as Reid Logging picked up the top award, along with the prize for harvesting excellence, with employee Adam Sealey taking out the individual forest operations crown.

Reid Logging was founded in 1966 by the late John Reid and have been at the forefront of the mechanization of the industry. While initially a manual tree falling and haulage company, they moved exclusively to harvest operations in 1990.

They have constantly invested in new and innovative machinery and are known for their integrity and high-quality work output. They epitomise excellence at every level and come to these awards with endorsement from across the sector.

They have an impeccable safety record and have been recognised for that in the past. They regularly exceed best practice to ensure the safety of their crews. They are committed to ongoing training of their workers with staff involved in the development of industry standards on fatigue management.

Reid Logging’s audit scores are second-to-none with a low rejection rate, and workers who proactively manage quality. Those who work with them say they exemplify everything that is good about a family business with a constant eye to excellence and raising the bar wherever they can.

Leonie Stapleton from Timberlink was honoured with a lifetime contribution award, recognising her long-term commitment and involvement in an industry that has historically been male-dominated.

OneFortyOne Wood Products also received three awards, taking out the timber processing as well as the regional and community development excellence prizes and Des Schebella was applauded for his outstanding contribution to the timber industry.

The awards were established to celebrate and reward those involved with the timber industry and cover all facets of it – from nursery to silviculture, harvesting to haulage, logistics, processing and everything in between.

GTTIA chair Adrian Flowers said the committee was very happy with nominations. “We had excellent numbers, and all were of a very high calibre right across all categories. It was about recognizing everyone who contributes to the success of an industry that annually generates more than AU$778 million gross regional product. “


- Trainee Ben Bruhn – Tabeel Trading Pty, Dylan Edwards – L V Dohnt & Company, sponsored by Port of Portland

- Forest Operations, Adam Sealey – Reid Logging, sponsored by PF Olsen

- Work, Health, Safety & Environment, Bryan Haywood – Nature Glenelg Trust, sponsored by OneFortyOne Plantations

- Outstanding Contribution to Timber Industry (female), Linda Cotterill – OneFortyOne, sponsored by Pacific Forest Products (Australia)

- Outstanding Contribution to Timber Industry (male), Des Schebella – OneFortyOne, sponsored by QUBE Ports

- Innovation Award, James Williamson – Porthaul, sponsored by South West Fibre

- Timber Processing Excellence, OneFortyOne Wood Products, sponsored by Trident Tyre Centre & Scania

- Harvesting Excellence, Reid Logging, sponsored by Timberlands Pacific & Penola Plantations

- Silviculture Excellence, A & M Contracting, sponsored by Teagle Excavations

- Distribution & Logistics, Porthaul, sponsored by HVP Plantations.
- Safety Excellence, Tabeel Trading Pty Ltd, Sponsored by OneFortyOne Plantations

- Regional & Community Development,OneFortyOne Plantations, sponsored by Kalari

- Lifetime Contribution Award, Leonie Stapleton – Timberlink Australia, sponsored by Climate Friendly

- Green Triangle Timber Industry Supreme Timber Industry Award - Reid Logging.

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