Midway Limited joins Network Supporters

The Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network is pleased to welcome Midway Limited onboard as a Supporter. Find out a little more about Midway's Managing Director and CEO below.

Industry support is integral to the impact and success of the Network, and we thank all of our Partners and Supporters for their support. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, please contact Therese Taylor

10 Questions with Tony Price 

1.    What is your role? 
My role is Managing Director and CEO.

2.    What organisation do you work for?
I work for Midway Ltd which has a Tasmanian subsidiary called Midway Tasmania Pty Ltd.

3.    How long have you been in the industry?
I have worked in the forest industry forever! I started in the 1980s after studying forestry at ANU (Australian National University) and spent my early days with the QLD Forest Service before joining the Forestry Commission and then North Limited in Tasmania. I have worked in many forestry roles both locally and interstate. 

4.    What’s the most exciting part of your role? 
One of the most exciting parts of my role was the process of listing Midway Ltd on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) – this was a challenging but exciting and fulfilling process. 

I am also excited by the work we are doing to expand and diversify our business, which of course includes Tasmania.

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Success for the Tasmanian Forest Industries Virtual Forum & Regional Dinners

On Thursday 19th November the Tasmanian Forest Industries Virtual Forum was held. The Network's The biennial state-wide Forum is an important feature on the Network calendar and was adapted considerably this year due to Covid-19.

Over 100 attendees joined us live for the session, which looked at the theme Forests for the Future - Planning for Tomorrow Today through a keynote speakers Morris Miselowski and Paul Heubner, and a Panel that looked at Priority Action Areas for the Tasmanian Forest Industry, which featured speakers Jillian Aylett Brown, Prof Rod Keenan, Jacquie Ray and Depha Miedecke. The forum was expertly moderated by TFFPN Board Member Julianne O'Reilly - Wapstra. You can view the recording and handouts below. 

Regional Dinners were held the same evening in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie and were attended by over 160 people. A great night was had catching up with industry peers, with all three dinners connected via technology to create a sense of one large industry gathering. Our dinner speaker Bill Lark provided a wonderful dose of inspiration and determination, and reminded us to be 'Careful what you wish for, as it might just come true". 

Thank you to the speakers, sponsors and working group members, and also everyone who attended the Virtual Forum or Dinner - you all helped make them a success. 

View Virtual Forum recording HERE
Download Virtual Forum handbook HERE
Download Virtual Forum slides HERE

WIN a bottle of Lark Whisky!

The Network is holding a raffle to win a 500ml bottle of Lark Christmas Cask Release II Single Malt Whisky (valued at $239).

Funds raised from the raffle go towards the 2021 Trainee of the Year Award Scholarship, which will be presented at the 2021 Tasmanian Timber Awards.

Tickets are just $5 each or three for $10, and can be purchased below. 

Winner will be drawn on 15th December - just in time for you to enjoy over Christmas!

*please note, you must be over 18 years old to purchase tickets.
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Using Aboriginal techniques to protect precious grasslands

OpEd supplied by Simon Cook. Sustainability Manager at Forico

The same essential techniques used by Tasmanian Aborigines for thousands of years are being repeated today by Forico to ensure the high conservation grasslands across its estate are protected for future generations.

At the core of this ancient practice is the occasional ecological burning of highland grasslands to protect them against weeds and the encroachment of scrub and forest.

Of course, the process today is more sophisticated than when Tasmania's First People burnt the grasslands in their hunt for food. Scientists, meteorologists, trained fire fighters and drones now make up the specialist resource teams that undertake, manage and extinguish these low intensity burns, which are essential to maintaining the health and vitality of these globally significant and protect landscapes.
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Northern Tasmania Regional Forestry Hub Update 

The Northern Tasmania Regional Forestry Hub is pleased to release strategic assessment reports that it has commissioned in priority areas identified by its key industry and community stakeholders. 

Each report has been prepared for the Hub by consultants who are experts in their fields and includes recommendations to the Hub around opportunities for growth, and removal of barriers to expansion, for the forestry sector.

Reports have been prepared in the areas of Land Access for Plantation Forest Investment; Supply Chain and Infrastructure; Climate Change and Carbon Policy; and, Culture, Skills and Training. 

Greenwood Strategy, the University of Tasmania and the University of Melbourne were selected by the Hub earlier this year to prepare the strategic assessment reports.

The Hub was established as part of the Commonwealth Government’s National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a Better Australia – A Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth, which is focussed on driving a billion new trees in forestry plantations to meet Australia’s future needs for wood and fibre in the next decade.

The Hub will now review and prioritise the key opportunities and recommendations identified in the reports in light of the National Forest Industries Plan, and start planning for implementation.

The assessment reports can be accessed here.

Eagle Eye project a winner!

Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s Eagle Eye project has won Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability or Protection of the Environment at the 2020 TasICT Excellence Awards.

STT's Eagle Eye project is applying the Internet of Things to landscape scale Wedge-tailed eagle management. They have been trialling technology for the past two years that identifies the presence of Wedge-tailed eagles in nesting locations across Tasmania. STT are using this data to inform operational decisions that avoid negatively impacting nesting.

This project has been a true collaborative effort and STT feel privileged to work alongside some valuable partners including Indicium Dynamics.


Neville Smith Forest Product’s win prestigious EPA award

A state-of-the-art wood pellet production facility developed in Launceston by Neville Smith Forest Products, has won this year’s prestigious Tasmanian EPA Sustainability Award.

The pellet plant, located at the company’s Mowbray Dry Mill, can recover more than 3,000 tonnes a year of sawdust and off-cuts and turn it into high value pellets for use in domestic heating.

The EPA Sustainability Award acknowledges those businesses which have developed and implemented cleaner production initiatives that deliver measurable improvements in preventing pollution, conserving energy and
water, minimising waste, and maximising resource efficiency. 

CEO of Neville Smith Forest Products, Mr Andrew Walker, said wood pellets were becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable bio-fuel alternative for use in pellet heaters, hydronic pellet boilers, outdoor pellet barbecues & food smokers.  
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Supply chain efficiencies driving TasPorts’ investments

More than three million tonnes of forestry products transited through TasPorts facilities in 2019-20, which includes the Burnie Chip Export Terminal, the Port of Bell Bay and Southern Export Terminals at the Port of Hobart.

TasPorts Chief Operating Officer Stephen Casey said that the company’s investment in fit-for-purpose infrastructure to facilitate growth is driven by the forestry sector’s significant contribution to the Tasmanian economy.

“The long-term sustainability of our ports is reliant upon ongoing investment in physical and digital infrastructure, to ensure we are responsive to user demand,” Mr Casey said.

“Our strategic intentions include a focus on facilitating freight and logistics solutions, to not only benefit the community, but to also create value for our customers.”

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Call for EOIs - Southern Infrastructure Project

The Northern Tasmania Regional Forestry Hub (Hub) was established in 2019 by the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network (TFFPN) and is funded by the Commonwealth Government as part of the National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a Better Australia – A Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth (Plan). The Hub has received additional funding from the Commonwealth to expand its work into the south of Tasmania.

In order to drive the Commonwealth’s key objective of planting one billion trees in the next decade under the Plan, the Hub has identified a number of key southern infrastructure priorities in consultation with both industry, community and government stakeholders. The Hub requires an infrastructure report to be prepared, and an associated stakeholder consultation process to be run, in relation to its infrastructure priorities for which it is seeking an Expression of Interest (EOI) on the terms and conditions set out in the below information package.
Download EOI info package HERE

SFM Open New Norfolk Office

Late last month, SFM Environmental Solutions opened their new Tasmanian Office in New Norfolk. Converting what was previously an old bank the office space is now fit for purpose with multiple meeting rooms, fire/incident room, workspaces and breakout areas - all surrounded by a smattering of Hydrowood feature walls and floor.

Congratulations to the SFM team!

Tasmanian Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan 2024

The Department of State Growth has released the Advanced Manufacturing Plan 2024.

The broad objective of the plan is to encourage growth and development through advanced practices and technologies, and leverage the Tasmanian manufacturing industry’s strengths and relative advantages to thrive and expand in an increasingly complex and competitive global market. The plan identifies four priorities for action to support the advanced manufacturing sector:
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