The Tasmanian forest industry’s new ‘Agents of Change’

Supplied by Andrew Duncan, Sustainable Timber Tasmania

The Tasmanian cohort began their leadership training with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation back in February 2019. At the time, many participants were coming to terms with a busy fire season and catching up on routine tasks, however the first week of the program held at sunny (!) Tarraleah made for a welcome distraction.

The program was all about challenging our pre-conceptions with respect to leadership. As a result, information about the program was kept necessarily vague, and though we arrived with open-minds there was a certain amount of trepidation.

A murder-mystery themed dinner; blind tasting a range of smoothies; reflecting on the differences between a rock and shaving cream; playing catch with fifteen people (and balls) all at the same time and speaking gobbledygook at the top of our voices were just some of the unexpected techniques used to get our attention!

Despite the often left field nature of the first week, we left with a greater understanding of what it means to practice ‘leadership’. So, what did we learn?

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The Network welcomes Oakdale Industries!

The Network is very happy to welcome new members from Oakdale Industries!

Oak Tasmania was established in 1992 and supports people to reach their full potential at home, work and in their community. Oak offers a broad range of employment opportunities for people living with disabilities.  

In 2016 Oak merged with Possability to create Tasmania’s largest disability services provider. The merger has enhanced opportunities for clients and employees. Oakdale Industries has created secure employment and training for employees living with a disability.
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Q & A with George Harris

1.    What is your role?
I design and make furniture and small products in our unique Tasmanian Special Timbers for individual clients and for retail sale.

2.    Who do you work for?  I am self-employed. After initially renting a workshop in Hobart, I decided to move out of the city, buy some land with a shed on it, or build one as a suitable workshop. As it turned out, a small piece of a farm at Sandfly  that my parents used to own came on the market, and it has been a homecoming.

3.    How long have you been in the industry?  I began in 1981 after doing an arts degree and initially working in local government. In between jobs I discovered an interest in woodworking, and it has held me captive ever since.
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Tasmanian timber at the next level

The use of Tasmanian timber in architectural designs is trending and Tasmania’s leading architecture and sustainability practice, Xsquared Architects, is making the most of our locally grown timbers.

Xsquared Architects Director, Alex Newman, said his practice liked to work with Tasmanian timber as much as possible, in line with a recent incentive from State Growth to utilise local timber products.  

“There is definitely a trend for timber with most architects these days,” he said.

“In particular, I like the imperfections in timber, I think it adds interest and value to a design
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Have you booked your tickets to the Tasmanian Timber Awards?

Join MC Rick Fontyn and industry leaders for a night of celebration, recognition and fun. Why not book a table?
Date: Friday 9th August 2019
Venue: The Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $85 members, $95 non-members
Dress: Formal

Please contact Naomi Will on 0439 336 511 or if you have any questions about the awards or dinner, or would like to book tickets over the phone.

Reminder - Notice of AGM

Notiice if hereby given that the AGM for the TFFPN will be held at 6:00pm on Friday 9th August 2019 at the Tailrace Centre,
1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside.

Come early for the Tasmanian Timber Awards and attend the AGM!

Welcome Back Guy Barnett MP

The Network would like to welcome Minister Barnett back to the Primary Industries portfolio.

Minister Barnett has had extensive experience leading our industry and is a familiar and welcome face to all industry partners. He is a passionate and proud advocate for regional Tasmanians.

We are looking forward to the opportunity to work with him again.


The Network wants your photos!

Do you have some photos that capture an aspect of the our Forests & Forest Products industry? Happy to share it with us?

If the anser is yes, our Photo Competition is for you!
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is something you'd like to share!
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