A message from the Chair

On behalf of the Board I thank all members, Supporters and Partners for your support during this very challenging year and wish everyone the opportunity to get together over the Christmas break to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

As 2020 draws to a close I wish to reflect on the unexpected challenges, and acknowledge the resilience shown by the industry during this year.

 As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold early in the year and the forest industry was declared an essential service, the Network adjusted its activity to keep members supported, informed, and connected.  We demonstrated flexibility and agility as we adjusted our services to communicate more frequently and worked closely with Government and other organisations to ensure information was timely, accurate and consistent.

The Network hosted the COVID-19 Communications Working Group and with 8 other organisations released a four part video series to support mental health and wellbeing of workers across the forest industry in Tasmania. These were a timely and well received resource.

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Farewell Naomi!

It is with much sadness that the TFFPN says goodbye to Naomi Will as she moves on to take up other challenges. 

Naomi commenced with us when the Network was newly established and brought great skills of communication and social media, event management and association administration. In the past two years Naomi has been invaluable as we delivered major events such as the Tasmanian Timber Awards, The Tasmanian Forest Industries Forum and Agfest. The Network has now grown membership to over 650 and she has established ongoing sustainable relationships with a range of Network Partners and Supporters. 

Naomi has been the first contact for many members, Supporters and Partners and has been there with a helpful response, no matter the question!

During 2020 we adjusted our way of working to ensure members were connected and updated.   Naomi quickly responded  to the challenges of COVID-19 providing a range of information platforms to ensure information was frequent, relevant, timely and kept members up to date on a range of issues. 
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Whisky Winner - Congratulations Cathie!

Congratulations to Cathie Bates, who was drawn as the winner of our Whisky Raffle. Cathie will receive a bottle of Lark Christmas Cask Release II Single Malt Whisky just in time for Christmas!

Thank you to all who supported the raffle - we raised over$1,000 which will be go towards the Trainee of the Year Award Scholarship, presented at the 2021 Tasmanian Timber Awards.

Nation-leading partnership grows employment opportunities for Tasmanians living with a disability 

A nation-leading partnership is growing employment opportunities in the sustainable native forestry sector for Tasmanians living with a disability. 

Neville Smith Forest Products (NSFP) and Possability Group have formed a long-term strategic partnership to produce high-end decorative Tasmanian Oak products at Possability’s Oakdale Timber facility in Warrane. 

NSFP CEO Andrew Walker said the organisation was proud to be able to give back to the Tasmanian community.  

“Having operated in Tasmania since 1924 and directly employing over 120 Tasmanians, Neville Smith Forest Products is immensely proud to be able to give back to the community and help Oakdale Timber provide employment opportunities for people living with a disability,” Mr Walker said. 

“Under the partnership, NSFP provide management and skill development to assist the Oakdale team to produce high-end decorative Tasmanian Oak products for markets across Australia. 
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Midway making tracks with Bell Bay facility

Australia’s biggest listed high-quality wood fibre processor and exporter, Midway Limited is underway with the building of its own wood fibre processing and export facility at Bell Bay. 

Midway Managing Director, Tony Price, said the company is internally funding up to $5 million on the project in the current financial year and expects to begin exporting from the facility by December 2021, subject to final environmental approvals. 

Mr Price said the project followed an agreement with the TasPorts that will allow additional exports of wood fibre to new and emerging markets from Bell Bay. 

“Midway already exports its own and third party wood fibre from another facility at Bell Bay but decided to build its own export facility to provide additional capacity to facilitate growth in sales volume having successfully secured significant additional resource from both publicly and privately owned forests.”
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University of Tasmania’s 2021 Tasmanian Timber Design Workshop 

The Tasmanian Timber Design Workshop (TTDW) is being held at the Architecture and Design building on the University’s Inveresk campus at Launceston on January 28-29 next year. 

The TTDW is a two-day intensive professional workshop that allows architects, engineers, builders, and others interested in timber construction to develop their skills and connections in a unique, hands-on event. The TTDW will include:

•    Presentations from leading timber design specialists and related material and sustainability experts.
•    Make and break sessions using the latest timber products and connection systems.
•    Networking with industry suppliers and specialists, and other professionals interested in timber-rich building.

A detailed program will be available shortly.

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Workforce Skills Working Group – Great News!

The Workforce Skills Working Group is very happy to announce that we will be commencing the development of the Tasmanian Forest Industry Workforce Development and Implementation Plan.

The Plan will identify current and future skills needs and ensure systems are in place to ensure these skills are available to industry. The Plan will include forest growing, harvest and haul, and forest processing sectors. The Plan will include specific skill shortage areas.

Jim Wilson, the Chair of the TFFPN Workforce Skills Working Group said that following an industry consultation workshop in November there was a real endeavour to commence development on a Tasmanian Forest Workforce Development Plan.

“We need to attract, train and skill and then retain the best workers we can for the forest industry in Tasmania” said Jim. “This is more important than ever as demand for timber is increasing worldwide and the industry continues to be technologically and environmentally cutting edge”.
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TFFPN Communication and Member Administration Office

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced person to fill the role of TFFPN Communication and Member Administration Officer. 

The successful candidate will:
  • Develop strategies and products to assist the TFFPN to effectively communicate with members, partners and stakeholders;
  • Develop and deliver innovative communication material, stories and content particularly in the digital environment, including developing the monthly newsletter, website and social media content and promote events, partners, and Network initiatives;
  • Coordinate Network Working Groups, managing agendas, minutes, and providing an executive role to ensure outcomes and critical dates are met;
  • Develop proactive engagement activities for members and Partners and identify opportunities to enhance the organisation’s reputation;
  • Act as a point of contact, provide services to members, including increasing member numbers and researching member needs, and;
  • Engage Partners, Supporters, and stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the TFFPN and for the benefit of the Forest Industry.
This .6 position requires a person with:
  • Demonstrated experience in communications, public relations and/or marketing;
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proven ability to successfully develop and implement innovative and effective communication products;
  • Ability to manage digital media platforms. and;
  • Analytical and diagnostic skills and ability to resolve conflict and manage tie and meet deadlines. 
For further information please contact Therese Taylor on 0419 302 777

Women in Leadership Scholarship Program 2020-21

Minster Sarah Courtney recently opened the next round of the Women in Leadership Scholarship Program 2020-21. This program is a joint initiative of the Tasmanian Government with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), to support Tasmanian women to gain a greater understanding of the duties and responsibilities of being a board director.

This year, the Program is seeking applications for women working in the agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism & hospitality, mining, building, and construction sectors. Scholarships will be awarded to undertake the Foundations of Directorship Course. This will support early-career women to develop their executive knowledge and leadership skills.

The new Women on Boards Strategy that was launched last Sunday includes an action to expand the Women in Leadership Program from 2021 to support women to develop board leadership skills at varying stages of their careers, and in areas of non-traditional employment for women.
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