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Today, 8 March, marks International Women’s Day. The first Women’s day was organised in New York back in 1909. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, the 8 March became a national holiday there and then the celebration to mark the occasion was then adopted by the United Nations in 1975. Yesterday, a record turnout of more than 100 women working across Australia’s forest industries met in Canberra to take part in a workshop, to discuss gender and diversity. To help mark the occasion, we also cover a good news story of what is believed to be the establishment of New Zealand’s first all-female silviculture team in the forestry industry.

In this week’s issue we cover a number of local initiatives that have been set up to train, recruit and encourage younger students to look at forestry as a future career option. In Australia, the cadet forester training programme is now up and running in Tasmania. Students are being brought into the programme run by the Arbre Forest Industries Training and Careers Hub through an Australian Schools based Apprenticeship scheme.

In New Zealand, 14 trainees that came on board late last year as part of the Eastland Wood Council’s Generation Programme are now gainfully employed within the industry. Contractor feedback from around the region has been excellent with trainees being picked up “work-ready and keen to learn”. What’s more, the programme’s now accepting enrolments for its second intake. And further North, twenty young trainees are about to start their journey on a new Mānuka Plantation Training Programme, the first part of a two-year programme being funded through the country’s “Billion Tree fund”.

In line with recruitment, the Building and Construction industry in New Zealand have just launched a very clever campaign. It’s aimed at breaking down some of the prejudices that the gate keepers, the parents may have, when it comes to helping their children decide on their future career path. They say that a child’s career choice is influenced 80 percent by their parents. The prevailing attitude is still that the best career is one that starts at university. Picking up a trade, is still looked down upon. We all know that this attitude is still prevalent in our own industry. Check out the advert that’s now been seen on local TV screens. Also, take a look at another clever initiative set up by OneFortyOne Plantations to get local schools and students out into the forest to produce their own videos. It’s all part of a competition set up to help celebrate the UN’s International Day of Forests on 21 March.

And finally, hard copies of the brochures (see attached) for this region’s two-yearly wood harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2019 running in Rotorua on 26-27 June were sent out earlier this week. Already, all exhibition stands inside the venue have been SOLD OUT, extended space for a record number of harvesting machines has been snapped up around the venue and as of today, over 100 registrations have been received. Note: This event sold out in 2017 when it last ran. The message here is pretty clear. Although close to four months out, it’s going to again sell out well in advance of it running. If you or any of your staff or contractors are looking to secure a space at HarvestTECH 2019 this year, our advice is to get onto it sooner rather than later. That’s it for this week. Enjoy this week’s read.



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Largest gathering of women in forest industries

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday, Australia’s forest industries celebrated women who work right across the value chain of our industries, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Mr Ross Hampton said.

“More than 100 women working in Australia’s forest industries met in Canberra on Thursday, to take part in a workshop, to discuss gender and diversity across our industries,” Mr Hampton said.

The workshop was opened by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck and included guest speakers:

- Joanne Matsoukas – VicForests.
- Dr Skye Saunders – Australian National University.
- Laureta Wallace – National Farmers Federation.
- Stuart Ellis – Australian Fire and Emergency Services Council.

“The workshop was followed by a sold-out dinner, where attendees heard from AFPA’s inaugural Chair, and one of our national leaders, Linda Sewell. Ms Sewell outlined her journey to leadership of one of Australia’s pre-eminent forest industry companies; OneFortyOne,” Mr Hampton said.

“Gender and diversity are fundamental issues for our industries. We will continue to pursue progress in this space,” Mr Hampton concluded.

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Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust launched

Twenty young men from Kaikohe and Moerewa in the north of the North Island, New Zealand, are set to start their journey in the Forestry Industry as trainees on the new Ngā Māhuri o Ngāti Hine Mānuka Plantation Training Program.

This is the first part of a 2yr program funded by the Billion Tree fund through Te Uru Rākau and supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries Economic Development Unit. Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust is partnering with Johnson Contractors LTD to deliver a “learn while you earn” approach to L2 Forestry Training.

Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust Chair, Pita Tipene says “Ngā Māhuri o Ngāti Hine means the saplings of Ngāti Hine; this is an industry training program which embodies the kaupapa of Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust Mission – He Ringa Ahuwhenua, He Hanga Mahi, to actively grow our assets. These akonga (learners) are our hapū and community assets”.

Moreover, the planting of manuka is all about the Trust’s long term strategy of a mosaic approach that will see the lands being returned to native cover.

The program will see our 2019 trainees plant approx. 200ha of Mānuka seedlings on Ngāti Hine lands. In 2020, a course will run with another 20 trainees to plant additional Ngāti Hine lands up to a total of 400+ ha.

Jack Johnson of Johnson Contractors is an experienced industry-based trainer. “Partnering with Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust is an exciting opportunity for us; trainees will strengthen their connection to Te Ao Maori, receive wrap around pastoral support and learn while they earn”.

Ngā Māhuri o Ngāti Hine was launched on Monday 4 March, 10am at Otiria Marae in Moerewa where trainees, whānau, partners and industry stakeholders gathered to celebrate the commencement of this new initiative located in the Mid North.

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Support key to success forestry training programme

Nearly a year after its official launch, New Zealand’s Eastland Wood Council-driven Generation Programme is proving its worth in multiple ways. Launched in April last year the programme had its first intake of 14 trainees in October, with most of those now gainfully employed within the industry. The programme is now accepting enrolments for its second intake.

Generation Programme manager Siobhain Fyall says it has certainly produced plenty of challenges but also amazing individual success stories. “That has just blown us away,” she says. “It is working well because it‘s driven by the industry and designed to meet their needs. I am very happy with the results from the first intake. The trainees were driven and highly motivated, mainly because they knew there was a job in the forest industry for them once they finished.”

Trainees complete a six-week forestry base camp programme as an introduction to the industry and are then matched with contractors from a range of sectors, including harvesting, operations, quality control, port work, processing and transport. Siobhain and programme tutors continue to support the trainee for the first six months of their employment.

“We get to know our students and their families really well, and I think this whanau focus approach has been one of the keys to our success. Trainees are fully engaged from the start with little down time during the very full-on six-week programme.”

The feedback Siobhain has received from contractors has been fantastic and there is a huge demand for the programme graduates. “We are sending them good workers who are work-ready and keen to learn. Much of the focus is about giving these trainees a chance to succeed and building some self-belief.”

Another key to the success of the programme is the flexibility, pastoral care and support, and industry involvement. Every Friday trainees are taken on site visits giving them an opportunity to meet and talk with those who are actually working the machines, right in the thick of operations. “Our trainees come back from these visits just buzzing and really motivated to continue,” says Siobhain.

The Generation Programme is a collaboration between the industry, Turanga Ararau, First Choice Employment and Competenz, supported by the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The next ‘generation’ will be starting March 4, with a further intake 29th April; places are filling fast.

For more information contact Siobhain at generation.programme@eastlandwood.co.nz.

A raft of successful training initiatives in wood harvesting, including the Eastland Wood Council-driven Generation Programme, starting to show dividends across the region along with key drivers encouraging younger students to look at forestry as a career option are one of the key themes for the upcoming HarvestTECH 2019 event.

It's being run on 26-27 June in Rotorua, New Zealand. With real issues at the moment of skills shortages, harvesting contractors recognise that retaining existing workers and attracting new entrants into wood harvesting are such an essential component of them doing future business.

Source: Eastland Wood Council



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WoodTECH Issue 12 out this week

The very latest issue of WoodTECH.news was sent out to a wide range of people working in local sawmilling and wood manufacturing companies this week. In it, we’ve covered a number of recent equipment upgrades within local mills. These include;

- an in-depth story on the installation of a new edger line to provide visual grading capability for Tenon’s (New Zealand’s largest single site producer of defect-free, appearance grade radiata pine products) high-value shop and moulding products

- the recent opening of the biggest single capacity continuous timber kiln at Wespine’s operation in Australia, and

- the development of a fully automated wood treatment operation that’s now capable of producing 200,000m3 of treated product per year on an eight-hour shift.

If you’d like to check out what’s covered (or subscribe to the monthly newsletter – it’s free), click here.



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CNI company establishes all-female forestry crew

A group of New Zealand women have found employment together in an unlikely industry as new figures show job advertisements in the Bay of Plenty are soaring. CNI Logging has been working with 18 women as part of a process to choose an 11-strong, all-female team to work in silviculture.

Health and safety recruitment officer Joe Taute said he believed the team would be the first all-female team in the forestry industry. "There's a shortage of female employees in forestry everywhere so we're trying to be a bit different and try something new." Taute said crew members would start out "getting bush fit".

"We're trying to get them used to the idea of waking up at 5.30am and getting home at 5pm. We've set up an introduction to forestry to get them bush fit to start with then move into planting and pruning."

Taute said there was a big requirement for forestry workers and it was a hard job but before the team was formed, he would get multiple calls a week about whether there were roles available for females.

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Photo: Members of CNI's first all female forestry team Jaylin Kennedy (left) Paige Tauarua, Truedi Taia and Pam Purdie. Photo / Stephen Parker

Source & Photo: NZ Herald



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More hazard reduction burns to help prevent bushfires

Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he is open to more hazard reduction burns to help prevent bushfires, if the weather conditions are right. Some residents affected by the recent Victorian bushfires, particularly in the Bunyip area, have expressed anger over what they claim has been a lack of backburning in the area.

Mr Crisp told The Today show’s Tom Steinfort on Wednesday that planned burns in the Bunyip area had taken place in 2016 and 2017, but that “two years of record low rainfall” had resulted in “the window for planned burns” decreasing.

He also commended emergency crews for doing “an absolutely fantastic job” while pointing to the continuing battle against more than 30 fires, somewhat aided by improving weather conditions. More than 40 towns and 40,000 hectares of land have been affected by the bushfires, as well as at least 30 structures destroyed or damaged by blazes including the Bunyip Sate Park bushfire. Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria Andrew Crisp yesterday said firefighters on the ground at each of the fires are still patrolling and focused on saving what they can.

Meanwhile, some residents have accused authorities of doing “nothing” to stop the fierce fires. Winemaker Andrew Clarke of Jinks Creek and his family fled the Bunyip State Park fire, but watched their wine bar, gallery and home of 40 years go up in flames on Sunday. "We are so devastated and I have tried to get the message through to Parks Victoria for years and years. And nothing has been done," Mr Clarke told the Today Show.

"We have lost everything and I honestly believe if they had done a lot more work as the (Black Saturday) royal commission recommended, this wouldn't have been as disastrous.

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Source: 9news.com.au

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NZ sawmill closes its doors

Sixty-five jobs have been lost with the closure of a small South Taranaki town's biggest employer. The Waverley Sawmill, which has traded since at least 1932, has been sold and the new owner has decided it is no longer viable, South Taranaki District Mayor Ross Dunlop said.

"It's been a very valuable business in our district and has employed lots of people. It's pretty sad and very tough on the staff and management." Export log prices were very high at present, making it difficult for local sawmills to compete, he said.

"I have spoken with the new owner and encouraged him to continue operating it but in their opinion it's not viable to do that, unfortunately." Two or three weeks ago Dunlop had heard that a local buyer was interested in buying the mill and continuing to operate it. "I'd hoped that would be the outcome but unfortunately not," he said.

"There is a very high resource of forests in the South Taranaki and Whanganui area and the new owner did talk about there being an opportunity for a new sawmill, but it would require a large capital injection to build an updated, modern sawmill that could compete.

"There is interest in doing that, but not overnight," he said. The buyer was Wade Glass, the Whanganui Chronicle reported. Glass is the managing director of Far East Sawmills, which owns the Tregoweth Sawmill in Te Kuiti, forests in Northland, a forestry harvest company and a transport fleet. Most of the staff at Waverley Sawmills finished up on Friday.

Source: Stuff.co.nz

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OneFortyOne calls for budding movie makers

Our Australian forests make a vital contribution to people’s lives and to the planet. Locally, the forests and trees here in the Green Triangle region provide jobs, conserve biodiversity and respond to climate change – they are even home to the odd ghost mushroom or two!

There really is a lot to celebrate, and on March 21 – UN’s International Day of Forests – a day where countries around the globe are encouraged to undertake activities that involve forests - OneFortyOne is hoping to have a winning video from a local student or school highlighting the importance of our local forests.

OneFortyOne’s Industry Career Champion Green Triangle, Linda Cotterill said, “We’re inviting students and schools across the Limestone Coast to send us a short video about why our local forests are so important. We need their help to spread the word about just how great our forests and trees are!”

Inspired by this year’s International Day of Forests theme ‘Forests and Education’, the team at OneFortyOne are passionate about continuing to raise awareness and understanding of forests and their benefits into young people’s lives from an early age.

“We are committed to working with students and educators across the region, looking for innovative and interesting ways to help young people understand how important forestry is. We thought this competition would be a fun way to do it and to get people out into the forests”.

With a team of professional foresters on hand, OneFortyOne is happy to come out to classrooms and talk to students, there are also free teaching resources available from ForestLearning, that have a focus on Australian forests and sustainable timber products.

Students who enter, go into the running to win their choice of an iPad, Macbook Pro or Apple watch, plus one for their school. And while the competition is open to young school age people, OneFortyOne is also encouraging schools to participate as either individual’s, classes or as a whole school.

Source: OneFortyOne

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Winning over parents to get kids on the tools

If you think there’s a skill shortage in the trades now - just wait. In five or six years things are going to get dire, as a low birth year 16 years ago leaves an even bigger hole in the number of apprentices needed to replace an ageing building workforce. It’s a scenario that the industry is trying to counter with an advertising campaign designed at winning over the parents of young graduates.

In New Zealand, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) campaign aims to break down prejudices when it comes to which direction their children's careers head. Called "A Tricky Chat", it cleverly skewers a 'coming out' type scenario where a teen admits he wants to be a tradie.



BCITO chief executive Warwick Quinn says a child’s career choice is influenced 80 percent by their parents, and the prevailing attitude is still that the best career is one that starts at university. He wants to change that, pointing out that it’s no longer the case that at the end of a career the worker with a degree has earned more than the tradesperson.

"There is a long-held cultural and inter-generational prejudice against the trades," says Quinn. "It's inherited ancestry out of the UK - 'my grandparents left England so my father could go to uni'. Scandinavian countries hold the trades close to heart and accord qualifications, which are held in esteem."

Because of a population dip in 2003, fewer school leavers will be available at a time when the economy enjoys very strong employment figures. So, an already labour-strapped industry will be even shorter of candidates for apprenticeships. “That needs to be understood, and that needs to change,” says Quinn.

At the moment, BCITO is running 12,000 apprentices. For the last four years the numbers have grown steadily by a thousand a year. But it’s still not enough for all the construction work in the pipeline. “We have a small window of four to five years to address some of our concerns … after that it’s going to get really tough.”

BCITO is attacking the issue on several fronts, the latest being the campaign launched this week. Hand in hand with convincing parents their child would have a good future on the tools is convincing the government to improve the recognition of the skills apprentices gain after four years of on-the-job learning. At the moment, a fully-qualified builder emerges from four years of study with a qualification that is just one step past Year 13 - a Level 4 qualification. A university degree of three years gets you a Level 7 recognition.

Quinn says it’s ridiculous that a fully-qualified mechanic with years of complex study and cognitive thinking skills emerges with an inferior qualification to that of an art history graduate. Another area the organisation sees as inequitable is training funding. Builders who pass on their life’s skills to apprentices are the only teachers who don’t get paid, says Quinn.

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Australian Paper announces partnership with SUEZ

Australian Paper has announced a partnership with SUEZ to develop the AU$600 million Maryvale Mill Energy from Waste (EfW) project following the successful completion of its feasibility study. The AU$7.5 million study was co-funded with the Australian and Victorian governments.

Australian Paper will now partner with SUEZ, a global leader in waste management, to secure the long-term access to waste required to power the facility. Australian Paper’s study examined the technical, social, environmental, and commercial feasibility of establishing an EfW facility at Maryvale.

The 18-month study found the facility would operate at a high efficiency of 58% due to the Mill’s need for baseload steam and electricity all year round. It would also divert approximately 650,000 tonnes of residual waste from Melbourne and Gippsland landfill, saving 543,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum. Importantly, the new facility would allow the return of up to 4 Petajoules of natural gas per annum and 30 MWh per hour of electricity to Victoria’s retail energy market.

A recent economic impact study from Western Research Institute has confirmed that the EfW facility would support an average of 1,046 Victorian jobs pa during the three-year construction period and more than 900 when operational. Australian Paper and SUEZ will seek to finalise waste supply arrangements for the project by 2020. Construction of the EfW facility is planned to begin soon after with completion expected in 2024.

Source: Lesprom Network



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First trial of its kind for renewable diesel

In what’s being described as the first trial of its kind in Australia, a Scania test engine is operating solely on 100 per cent renewable diesel fuel made from waste plastic, old vehicle tyres, agriculture and forestry waste, and biosolids.

Southern Oil’s Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant at Yarwun, near Gladstone, is pioneering the refining of renewable diesel fuel with the aid of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund. The high-end Scania V8 test engine is being used in a power generation role for the testing, which includes assessment of exhaust emissions, performance and response, fuel efficiency, cost and engine lifetime.

According to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, renewable diesel is a much greener alternative to mineral diesel. “Our government is committed to creating a sustainable, export-oriented biofutures industry in Queensland,” said Palaszczuk. Southern Oil is aiming to build a commercial-scale renewable fuel refinery within five years, which would create significant job opportunities and improve domestic fuel security for our state”.

Palaszczuk said the trial was a critical milestone for the development of the renewable fuel industry in Queensland. Over the next 12 to 18 months, according to the premier, Southern Oil will be running the test engine solely on renewable diesel to prove it performs identically to petroleum-based diesel in terms of performance and wear-and-tear on the engine.

“Warranty by an original equipment manufacturer like Scania is also crucial to commercialisation and uptake of the fuel, as it must have the identical performance and characteristics of fossil fuel,” she said. Before warranty is secured, an estimated one million litres of the renewable diesel will be trialled at Southern Oil’s advanced biofuels laboratory – the leading facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Source: primemovermag.com.au



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Young forestry research scientist wins FWPA Award

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) congratulates James Kondilios who has been announced as one of the winners of the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, run by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

This year ABARES awarded 14 young agricultural researchers a share in AU$330,000 worth of grants, with the forest and wood products award funded by FWPA. James Kondilios was recognised for research on Eucalyptus globulus, which will help identify breeding materials for future plantings that are purposely selected to perform best under potential climate change models.

Kondilios stated, “We actually want to have a major industry impact. [The climate] is a really big problem that humanity is going to face… I want to be at the forefront of it.” FWPA’s Managing Director, Ric Sinclair, said Kondilios’ win highlights the value of young scientists and up-and-coming industry leaders. “It’s encouraging to see so many emerging scientists working on important industry projects with an eye to the future.

“I’m confident tomorrow’s leaders in forestry will not only advance industry, they will also provide immense benefits to help the industry adapt to potential climate change scenarios. Forest and Wood Products Australia extends a huge congratulations to James,” said Sinclair.

The 2019 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry was formally presented to the 14 winners at a gala dinner on 5th March as part of ABARES 2019 Outlook Conference in Canberra.

Source & Photo: FWPA

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Arbre Hub Cadet Forester Program up and running

The Arbre Forest Industries Training and Careers Hub based in Tasmania have announced that their Cadet Forester Program is up and running for 2019. Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Forico have both supported this initiative. STT have taken three students and Forico one student from 16 applications received from across the State.

The Board of the Arbre Hub is recruiting out of schools and colleges around Tasmania and enlist the students through an Australian Schools based Apprenticeship. Greg Hickey, Arbre Hub Director and General Manager Forest Products for STT said “we saw this recruiting model as a brilliant way to engage with the Education system here in Tasmania. Through the promotion of our industry at Career Days in schools and colleges, we can now actively promote real job opportunities as well as well laid out career pathways for students interested in outdoor activity and forest stewardship as a career”.

Bryan Hayes, Arbre Hub Chair and C.E.O of Forico commented that “we saw the Cadet Forester Program as a great way to be able bring young people into our industry through the Australian Schools based Apprenticeship program. We get real training into the students with the Cert 2 Forest Growing and Management package and then have the opportunity of bringing the student into our business on a full-time basis at the end of year 12. They’ve got then a great understanding of our culture, expectations and on-going upskilling opportunities”.

Colin McCulloch, Project Manager for the Arbre Hub felt that it was a great achievement for the Arbre Hub to be able to work along side Skills Tasmania and the Industry here in Tasmania. It gives students both a chance to finish their schooling as well as give themselves every opportunity to continue on in a very rewarding career that could well take them all over the world.”

“It just makes promoting our industry so much easier when you can offer an opportunity to students that are showing interest. And the reaction from the teachers and Education Dept leaders in the State has been such a rewarding experience”. Colin went on to say, “We have learnt that there is strong interest in careers in the forestry sector, so we will now focus our attention on other structured pathways around forest operations, with already strong interest from our Harvest and Haulage members looking to participate”.

Photo: New Cadet Forester, Rosanne Champion with Forico Senior Forester, and Cadet mentor, Stephen Clarke

Source: Arbre Hub

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Growing northern Australia’s forestry industry

Local stakeholders are the central plank of a new Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) project to identify the growth potential for northern Australia’s forestry and forestry products industry.

Speaking in Cairns on Thursday, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan announced the AU$209,300 CRCNA research collaboration with Timber Queensland (TQ), the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources (NT DPIR), Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

The 10-month project will also work with several key industry stakeholders including the Forest Products Commission Western Australia, Plantation Management Partners, Midway, HQPlantations, Simms Group, DTM Timber/Branch 95, Quintis Ltd and Alpha Santanol, to deliver a comprehensive overview of the current challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Senator Canavan said given the goal of growing the national forestry industry, the north could present new opportunities for the industry. “This project will look at northern Australia as an important part of Australia’s forestry story and provide a road map for the industry to really look at what they need to do to stimulate and drive future industry growth,” he said.

Timber Queensland’s CEO Mick Stephens said the project will review key strategic documents and regulatory frameworks in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland, and will identify the extent of commercially productive resources including native, plantation and farm forests.

“Once we’ve established this baseline of information, we will seek input from industry players, representatives of indigenous communities and other rural stakeholders, regional business groups, government agencies and academic institutions,” he said.

“A project Steering Committee comprising relevant representatives will be announced in early April and regional forums will be held in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia in June and July,” said Mr Stephens. It is expected this Steering Committee will assume the role of an Industry Development Alliance and continue to provide oversight regarding the ongoing growth and health of the industry beyond the life of the project.

Source: CRC for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA)

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Scion welcomes new GM Māori Forestry Futures

Hemi Rolleston has joined Scion as General Manager Māori Forestry Futures, a new executive role at New Zealand’s Crown research institute.

Hemi (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui) was welcomed at a pōwhiri on Wednesday 27 February. He comes to Scion after five years at Callaghan Innovation, and before then Hemi spent seven years as the Inaugural Chief Executive of Te Awanui Hukapak, a 100% Maori owned kiwifruit company in Mount Maunganui.

Hemi says he is “very excited to be joining Scion to bring my skills, experience and connections to an organisation that has such a pivotal role to play in partnering with Māori. I have been privileged to have been part of the Callaghan Innovation journey and now I look forward to the new challenge ahead. And of course, I am personally thrilled to be returning home.”

A former Director of the Rotorua Lakes Council entity Grow Rotorua and Priority One in Tauranga, Hemi is currently a Director on Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust and Ngamanawa Inc who have significant investments in Forestry.

Scion Chief Executive Dr Julian Elder says the General Manager Māori Forestry Futures is a new senior leadership role that will assist Scion to enhance and respond effectively to the significant involvement of Māori in the New Zealand forestry sector.

Source: Scion

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One to end the week on ... post turtles

While stitching a cut on the hand of a 75-year-old farmer, whose hand was caught in the squeeze gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

Eventually, the topic got around to politicians and their role as our leaders.

The old farmer said, “Well, as I see it, most politicians are ‘Post Turtles’.”

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘post turtle’ was.

The old rancher said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a post turtle,”

The old farmer saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain, “You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, he’s elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of idiot put him up there to begin with.”

Best explanation of a politician I’ve ever heard.



And on that note, enjoy your weekend. For our North American readers, we look forward to meeting up with a number of you next week at the HarvestTECHX event being run in Vancouver. Well over 200 harvesting contractors and technology and equipment suppliers have registered. Cheers.

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