Welcome to AUSTimber2020
An event like no other, AUSTimber is a unique event that provides a venue for forest contractors and managers, industry stakeholders and the wider public, to see forest-harvesting equipment from multiple suppliers being operated side by side in real-life working conditions. It provides the opportunity to learn about the forest, fibre and wood products industry – in a working plantation.
AUSTimber2020 will build on the success of the 2016 event, with activities over the course of 6 days and will include field trips and site visits as well as over two days of Exhibition & Demonstration field days at the HVP Flynn site.
AUSTimber2020 will run from Monday 30 March – Saturday 4 April. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this great event – we look forward to seeing you there!
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In early September, sponsors of the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) and AUSTimber2016 stakeholders enjoyed a lunch together whilst hearing the results of a review completed following the success of AUSTimber2016.
Ian Reid, AFCA Chairman said: “It was great to provide an opportunity for those who participated in AUSTimber2016 to come back together to reflect on the week and Expo Days and hear some of the outcomes from a post-exhibition review. “It’s important that we consider what worked well, what could be improved and we build on these findings to make AUSTimber2020 an even bigger and improved show."
There were a number of consistent themes throughout their feedback. It is clear that exhibitors thought the Flynn site was well prepared, with a great layout and circulation and the proximity to Melbourne made it easy to travel to for both interstate and international guests.
Ian Reid acknowledged that “the positive feedback regarding the Flynn Site is testament to the contribution of HVP, particularly their Gippsland crews, as well as the AUSTimber2016 team who made every effort to ensure the site was of a world class standard. HVP should be commended for this”.
On the other hand, some of the things that have been identified to have not worked well is the use of two sites; the showground and Flynn site, as well as the location of some of the facilities within the Flynn site. Feedback also identified that the event could be improved by better cohesion between the events held across the week. A number of exhibitors also noted the significant investment that was outlaid for a 2-day expo and raised the question whether a third day may be viable.
Ian Reid concluded that: “Overall, the show has been a great success and this is evident from the feedback, significant number of sales which can be attributed to the show, and the findings of the Economic Impact Report. Both the AUSTimber2016 team and AFCA are extremely proud of what was delivered and are looking forward to working with industry and both Latrobe City and Wellington Shire councils to commence the planning for AUSTimber2020.”