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The Network Bulletin #4

Forest Industry Situation Report as at 17 April 2020

Current Situation:
  • COVID-19 is impacting global trade and export markets for forest products in complex ways, with different countries at different stages in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
  • Whole log exports are recovering from recent lows with increased demand and improved prices. Whole log exports continue to Asian destinations including China and Malaysia.  Stocks on Chinese ports are reducing as China returns to work. With the closure of key suppliers in NZ, it is expected that Australian demand should improve.
The Department of State Growth has released the second Forestry Industry Communications Update.
Download it HERE 

Navigating COVID-19 at Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Supplied by Steve Whiteley, Sustainable Timber Tasmania

Navigating COVID-19 at Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) is a challenge STT is continually working to meet. 

STT established a COVID-19 Response Team in March. The Response Team meets daily to coordinate tasks and communication for the day and to make recommendations for approval and then implementation at STT. 

Some of the actions STT has taken includes following advice from the Tasmanian Government around social distancing. This has resulted in changes in practice for our employees, who now travel with one person per vehicle, host most meetings via video-conferencing or tele-conferencing methods and practice social distancing in the field when engaging with contractors, customers and suppliers. 

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Arbre Forest Industries Training & Careers Hub Update

Supplied by Mick Davy, Arbre Forest Industries Training & Careers Hub 

Due to the Covid19 restrictions we are currently hosting limited training courses at our facility in Hope, St Invermay. All training courses are run as per the Covid19 guidelines for Registered Training Organisations.

Denise and I are working predominantly from home in our part-time capacities.

Projects and funding sourcing currently underway include:

  • The Next Generation Forestry Operators Program is being finalised ready for a potential pilot delivery.
  • Promotional media being developed for the Cadet Forester Program to reach potential candidates during school and college closures.
  • Background work is still being completed to obtain funding for various projects in readiness for recommencement of training. This includes the pre-employment Five+5 Program, Essential Skills Training and an innovative Career Education project.
  • Developing increased capacity for mobile simulator training opportunities.

Please make contact with Denise or I to discuss any ways in which we can support your business in these challenging times.


Leadership During COVID-19

Please find below some articles on the topic of leadership during a crisis. 

Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the Coronavirus outbreak and future challenges
The authors, both Mckinsey Partners specialising in organisational change, discuss 5 ways to help leaders navigate these challenging times.

Read article here
Real Leaders Are Forged in Crisis by Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business Review
Nancy has studied courageous crisis leaders for two decades, and argues that real leaders are not born but rather they are made; they are forged in crisis.  

Read article here

Health & Wellbeing
The Black Dog Institute has put together a handy PDF guide on Managing anxiety in times of uncertainty, which details some practical ways that you can keep feelings of anxiety at bay if you are starting to feel overwhelmed.
Download PDF guide here

Safe Work Australia have an easy to follow  guide on cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including when to clean, what to use and how to ensure a clean environment. 
View guide here.

Work Health & Safety Advice
Please find below some articles on the topic of leadership during a crisis

Employers must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and other people. This includes having measures in place to eliminate or manage the risks arising from COVID-19. WorkSafe Tasmania has provided some advice on how you can do that here

This advice includes: 
  • Keeping up to date with Tasmanian Government advice on controls to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including any restrictions on normal business activities, and respond accordingly;
  • if there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your place of business, you should seek advice from Public Health Services by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738;
  • if Public Health Services becomes aware of a positive diagnosis, it has procedures in place to track the movements of the person and will provide advice on what action should be taken; and
  • current legislative requirements remain in force; however, if you are unable to meet your regulatory obligations because of COVID-19 then WorkSafe Tasmania will take a reasonable and proportionate response.

The WorkSafe Tasmania website also has information on your obligations and entitlements in the workplace here, and so does the Fair Work Ombudsman website here. 


Cyber security
With so many people working remotely, there's never been a more important time to be cyber secure. Many businesses are moving online to help stop the spread of COVID-19, so we are more susceptible to scams, and attacks. See here for some help with mitigating your risk

REMINDER - TFFPN Coronavirus Survey - individual check-in

The Network have developed a short survey to better understand our members current concerns and challenges from COVID-19 on an individual level. 

Your feedback will help us determine what information we need to be communicating through these bulletins and how we can best assist individuals at this time.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could please spare just a couple of minutes to complete the survey, via the below link.

Please note this is a different to the Coronavirus Safety Survey
Click here to complete individual check in survey
Virtual Coffee a success!
The Network's first Virtual Coffee session was held via zoom last Friday and was a great way for those involved to stay connected to others in the industry. 

Stay tuned for details on our next Virtual Coffee soon!
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