A multi-generational logging company was tonight toasted as the supreme winner of the inaugural Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards at The Barn in Mount Gambier.
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 Sealy 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 caliber right across all categories. It was about recognizing everyone who contributes to the success of an industry that annually generates more than $778 million gross regional product. “
The Green Triangle is home to Australia’s largest collective plantation and timber processing industry with more than 355,000 hectares of soft and hardwood plantations producing timber for local manufacturing as well as national and export markets. The industry provides employment for around 8500 people.
The awards had been run by a nine-strong committee who represented a diverse section of the industry.
Adrian said “It had taken 18 months to bring together and I thank each member for their support.” To our sponsors we offer our sincere appreciation for your support to the industry and these awards which have exceeded all expectation”.
The awards dinner was held at The Barn in Mount Gambier with Australian comedian Tommy Little MC for the evening.
Ben Bruhn – Tabeel Trading Pty
Dylan Edwards – L V Dohnt & Company
sponsored by Port of Portland
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
James Williamson – Porthaul
sponsored by South West Fibre
OneFortyOne Wood Products
sponsored by Trident Tyre Centre & Scania
sponsored by Timberlands Pacific & Penola Plantations
A & M Contracting
sponsored by Teagle Excavations
Distribution & Logistics
sponsored by HVP Plantations
Tabeel Trading Pty Ltd
Sponsored by OneFortyOne Plantations
Regional & Community Development
sponsored by Kalari
Lifetime Contribution Award
Leonie Stapleton – Timberlink Australia
sponsored by Climate Friendly
Green Triangle Timber Industry Supreme Timber Industry Award
GOLD – HVP Plantations, OneFortyOne Plantations, Kalari, Timber & Forestry enews, Timberlands & Pernola Plantations, GTTIA, Teagle Excavations
SILVER – Port of Portland, PF Olsen Australia, Scania, QUBE Ports, South West Fibre, OneFortyOne Plantations, SFM Asset Management, PFP Group, Fennell Forestry, ISO Marshalling PTY Ltd, Cummins, Barry Maney Group, Border Watch, Trelleborg, Beaurepaires
BRONZE – Glenelg Shire, Precision Engineering Portland, ForestWorks, Daily Timber News, Australian Forests & Timber News, Triple Limestone, Hit 961, MIXXFM Hamilton, 981 3HA, Trimble Forestry Logistics, Komatsu Forest Pty, Sureway Employment & Training, Onetrak, Climate Friendly, Trimble Forestry
GTTIA Committee Members:
Adrian Flowers – Tabeel Trading Nominees Pty Ltd (Chair), Emma-Kate Griffiths – OneFortyOne Plantations Pty Ltd, Marcel Griffiths – HVP Plantations, David Wheaton – Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, Sharon Freyer – QUBE Ports, Roland Freyer – South West Fibre Pty Ltd, Tammy Whitehead – Glenara Transport Pty Ltd, Phillip Dohnt – L.V.Dohnt & Co Pty Ltd, Greg Kenny – Borg Manufacturing, Peta Crew – Primary Industries & Regions South Australia