Forestry Celebrated at Inaugural Awards

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.

 

Results

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 ProcessingExcellence

OneFortyOne Wood Products

sponsored by Trident Tyre Centre & Scania

 

Harvesting Excellence

Reid Logging

sponsored by Timberlands Pacific & Penola Plantations

 

SilvicultureExcellence

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

 

Sponsors:

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

           

For more information visit the website www.gttia.com or contact Prue Younger, Event Manager 0064 (21) 2765484 or [email protected]

Inaugural Awards Collaborate & Celebrate the Green Triangle Timber Industry

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