Historic teapot tracks 80 years of forestry operations

Friday 16 Nov 2018

The recent opening of the new Coffs Harbour Forestry Corporation office marks a period of change and evolution for the organisation. In use at the event was a historic teapot that can trace its roots back over nearly 80 years in the organisation. Since the first tea at the official opening of the former Jetty office in 1941, it has poured countless ‘cuppas’ and followed radical changes in forestry and Coffs Harbour itself.

The teapot is in many ways symbolic of the organisation’s culture, reflected Forestry Corporation CEO, Nick Roberts. “Artefacts like the pot are very visual reminders that forestry has a long local history in Coffs Harbour and is deeply embedded in the community,” said Mr Roberts.

“Our old Jetty office was the first three-story building in Coffs Harbour and our organisation has grown and evolved in tandem with the city. Over the time our staff have cared for the teapot, we have seen great advances in forestry technology and science to sustainably provide timber for our community.

“Each year we continue to harvest and regenerate around 10,000 hectares of native forests and 1,000 hectares of plantations on the North Coast. State forests are special places and will continue to provide for our community, economy and environment well past the next 80 years.”

While the organisation has a healthy respect for tradition, Mr Roberts is also proud of the change seen in its workforce since last office opening 80 years ago. “Looking at the photos of the Jetty office opening in 1941, it is apparent that we have much more diversity in our staff now,” he said. “We have more women in the workforce and a much wider range of staff backgrounds — this serves us greatly”.

“Our diversity is essential to meeting the challenges of modern forestry. Sustainable forest management is a complex task and we need many different ideas and approaches.”

Photo: The teapot in use in Barcoongere State forest near Coffs Harbour while entertaining Lord Robinson, Chair of the British Forestry Commission in 1948.

Source: FCNSW

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