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TasPorts proud to become Network Partner

TasPorts’ forestry customers are a vital part of our business, which is why we are pleased to become a Partner of the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network. 

We value the forestry industry’s significant contribution to the state’s economy and regional communities, through support of thousands of jobs and sustainable management of Tasmania’s forests. 

TasPorts’ vision is to proudly connect people, products and solutions for the benefit of all Tasmanians. 

We see scope to increase collaboration with the industry, to further facilitate supply chain solutions and enable our customers through reliable infrastructure, responsive to user demand.

We know 2020 has delivered unprecedented impacts on industries, communities and economies across the world. Tasmania has not been exempt from these challenges and TasPorts is dedicated to support the forestry industry though this adversity.
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Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting 

Following our online Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting this afternoon, a quorum was achieved and we are pleased to advise the following four people have been elected to the Board of Directors for The Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network via a member vote: 
•    Tim Bates
•    Bryan Hayes (re-elected)
•    Andrew Morgan (re-elected)
•    Steve Whiteley (re-elected)

Tim, Bryan, Andrew and Steve join Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra, Tony Stonjek and Brodie Frost on the Board. Congratulations to our new and returning Directors, your commitment to the Network and industry expertise is much appreciated. 
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Stakeholder Forum to Discuss Opportunities in the South of the State 

Earlier this month over fifty industry, community and government stakeholders gathered at C3 Convention Centre in Hobart to discuss how to drive growth in the renewable timber and wood fibre industry in Southern Tasmania.

Senator the Hon Jonathan Duniam attended the Southern Forum, in support of the forestry sector, and he took the opportunity to emphasise the importance of the sector to Tasmania’s economy. 

Tasmania’s sustainable forestry industry contributes around $1.2 billion to the Tasmanian economy and provides more than 5,700 direct and indirect jobs, many in regional areas.
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Key Supply Chain and Infrastructure Opportunities Discussed at UTAS Workshop

As Tasmania’s forestry industry is set to play a vital role in rebuilding the State’s economy, the Northern Tasmania Regional Forestry Hub has appointed researchers from the University of Tasmania to undertake a strategic assessment of the key factors impacting supply chains and infrastructure in North Northwest Tasmania.

Paul Turner and Mihai Neagoe from the eLogistics Research Group at the University facilitated a workshop in Launceston on 13 August 2020. Workshop participants from industry, government and the community discussed key supply chain and infrastructure challenges and opportunities, and pathways forward for growth and progress in the sector.
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10 Questions with Mihai Neagoe

1. What is your role?
I am a researcher and PhD candidate in the eLogistics Research Group. I’m part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers and a key part of my role is research in supply chains. In the last 4 years I’ve been working with forestry supply chains both in Tasmania and on the Australian mainland on a range of issues including port congestion management. 

2. Who do you work for?
I work within the eLogistics Research Group (eLRG) at the University of Tasmania. The eLRG is led by Professor Paul Turner and is focused on conducting research and consultancy to enhance logistics using digital tools and human factors work. 

Across a number of export focused industries, the eLRG contributes to innovative applied research in the intelligent use of information to drive industry competitiveness, environmental sustainability and value from end-to-end of the supply chain.  

In forestry we are involved in several projects involving forest resource assessment using non-destructive testing, remote sensing and drones, harvest residue utilization for bioenergy generation as well as congestion management in forestry terminals.
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2021 Science and Innovation Awards

Grant applications are now open for the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35 and want to make a difference in agriculture, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

Forest and Wood Products is one of ten industry science categories open for applications. Each category includes a $22,000 grant. Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 2 October.

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