Collective support is evident for the new initiative hitting the timber industry this year as a keen group of industry representatives get together under the auspice of the Green Triangle Timber Awards Committee (GTTIA) to manage the implementation of an awards event for the greater industry.

Last year OneFortyOne Plantations held their first Safety Awards recognising leaders, companies and the initiatives, of those that work alongside them in the industry. The event was such a success that they felt passionately about rolling it out across Victoria and South Australia.

The Green Triangle is home to Australia’s largest collective plantation and timber processing industry, contributing significantly to Victoria and South Australia, generating more than $778 million Gross Regional Product annually. In excess of 355,000 hectares of softwood and hardwood plantations produce timber for local manufacturing, national and export markets. The industry underpins some 8,500 regional jobs and provides a valuable foundation for businesses and investors.

The inaugural awards campaign will benefit the region’s timber industry in several exciting ways. Chair of the GTTIA Committee, Adrian Flowers said “The awards will enable us to attract skilled employees to the region as valued industry players and will up skill and lift the standards of the workforce here. It also provides an opportunity for the Green Triangle’s timber industry to celebrate its skilled professionals and unite industry players.”

Six months ago, the GTTIA Committee put forward a proposal to replicate a similar format to the Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards held in Gisborne, New Zealand; which is now into its ninth year. The event held in Gisborne each year has grown from 200 guests at the inaugural event up to 500 guests at the Awards last year. Similar awards take place in several other regions around New Zealand.

The intention over the next few months is for event manager, Prue Younger from Public Impressions Ltd to seek support and sponsorship from the industry in the Green Triangle region and build on this as a strong base. We see sponsors as an integral part of this growth opportunity, to lift the profile of the industry, to be inclusive in taking the industry forward and to be the catalyst of the development and management of the Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards.

Nominations will open 4 June 2018 and the nomination process will give opportunity for individuals, contractors and timber companies to put forth their applications to be recognised across a selection of categories. These categories will feature nominees who demonstrate excellence beyond best practice, a high quality of work output and evidenced ongoing training. They must also comply with environmental and health & safety practices and show good character. Forestry, roading, harvesting, distribution and wood processing will all be represented across the categories. Trophies are up for company and individual awards and initiatives for outstanding health & safety, regional and environmental impact.

This will culminate post judging to the Awards Dinner to be held at The Barn, Mount Gambier on Friday 26 October 2018 with a guest master of ceremonies yet to be announced. Tickets to the event will be promoted in June with an expected attendance of up to 500 industry guests.

“With plenty of time ahead of us to promote this event to the industry, the opportunity to manage this Awards well, get plenty of industry involved and to ensure nominations will be submitted, is a wonderful advantage to ensuring the Award Campaign’s success,” comments Ms Younger.

What is exciting is that there are many opportunities for further investment, greater production and diversification and further value adding to existing timber processing activities in the Green Triangle Timber industry, with ready access to a strong and dynamic Australian market within a stable business environment.

 

“We look forward to having our industry involved with this event and as we promote the sponsorship over the next few months, we know from experience those that get in first are always reluctant to drop their status as an inaugural sponsor”, suggests Adrian.

 

Key Dates

  • April – May Sponsorship Campaign
  • 4 June Nominations Open
  • 3 August Nominations Close
  • September Judging Process
  • 26 October GREEN TRIANGLE TIMBER INDUSTRY AWARDS

 

GTTIA Committee Members:

Adrian Flowers – Tabeel Trading Nominees Pty Ltd (Chair), Emma-Kate Griffiths – OneFortyOne Plantations Pty Ltd, Marcel Griffiths – OneFortyOne Plantations PTY Ltd, 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