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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Two years out from the big event, AUSTimber2020 was launched today, marking the official countdown to what is the largest timber expo in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mr Adan Taylor, Chairman the Australian Forest Contractors Association made the announcement at the HVP Flynn Site in Gippsland, Victoria, saying that AUSTimber2020 is an exciting event, and will bring thousands of visitors to the local region.
“The expo is a whole of industry event which showcases the best the forest, fibre and wood products industry has to offer, and gives the general public a chance to learn all about how the industry works,” he said.
The launch also allowed those who had already committed to exhibit at AUSTimber2020, along with prospective exhibitors and sponsors to join key industry stakeholders to view the site and hear about proposed changes, including the use of one site for all expo and demonstration days.
The revised site plan will have a new central activity area between the pine and eucalypt live demonstration areas and overall the site can support over 120 exhibition sites, featuring a truck and haulage area along with infield chipping.
Mr Taylor added “It is exciting that whilst AUSTimber is almost two years away we have already sold over 10 sites, showing great confidence in our event and we thank those who have made this commitment and we welcome those who will come on board in the future.”
Latrobe City Council and Wellington Shire Council have again thrown their support behind AUSTimber, which in 2016 generated over $8 million to the local and regional economy.
Latrobe City Council mayor, Councillor Darrell White said Latrobe City was proud to be involved in the event again.
“We are committed to supporting the timber and wood industries in our region and this event is a tangible reflection of that support. Because of that commitment our Council was the first in Australia to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy that has since been taken up by other Councils around the nation.
“Hosting the event in 2016 brought exhibitors and experts from all over Australasia to our region and connected industry to community through demonstrations and activities, generating a significant local economic boost. We look forward to hosting again in 2020.
Those who attended the launch also had the opportunity to plant a seedling gifted by site host HVP Plantations. The seedlings planted on site are just a few of over 8 million plants grown at the HVP Gelliondale Nursery near Yarram which supports the sustainable cycle of growth of 160,000 ha of HVP plantation around Victoria.
The Nursery is one of a number of local sites proposed for the field trips which form part of AUSTimber’s week long activities.
“The seedlings planted today are part of the tree growing display at the 2020 Expo which will demonstrate the life cycle of trees from seedling, show annual growth from 2016 – 2020 through to harvesting and its end products such as Australian Paper,” Mr Taylor said.
The AUSTimber Launch coincided with the Maryvale Mill Open Day which is celebrating 80 years of pulp and paper productions. Both events show the strength and importance of the timber industry to the region. The industry is a vital industry for regional Victoria. Directly employing more than 21,000 workers, it indirectly supports another 40,000 to 50,000 jobs, providing a sustainable future for suburban, rural and regional communities across Victoria.
AUSTimber2020 grows momentum with Coordinator Appointed January 18
The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) has announced the appointment of a new AUSTimber2020 Event Coordinator. Business partners Brooke Adams and Kristen Smith have been appointed to the role of Event Coordinator. Together Brooke and Kristen will be responsible for the delivery of the biggest forestry show in Australiasia, AUSTimber2020.
Brooke and Kristen have a combined 30 years’ experience in the events industry. Having each worked with several high-profile non-profit organsations, they have extensive experience coordinating a diverse range of national and international events. Brooke and Kristen are passionate about creating a vibrant and engaging program, bringing the forestry community together and ensuring the event has something to offer all those interested in the forest industry.
Stacey Gardiner, General Manager, Australian Forest Contractors Association said “We are excited to have engaged an experienced events team with great enthusiasm and ideas and I look forward to working with them to grow AUSTimber2020. They have hit the ground running and will be meeting with the AUSTimber Steering Committee shortly to share ideas and take planning of the event forward.”
With the event only just over 2 years from now, an AUSTimber2020 Launch will be held in around 8 weeks. The Launch will be held on the Flynn Site in Latrobe Valley on Monday 26 March 2018 and Brooke and Kristen are focusing their initial energy on finalising arrangements for this date. They expect to make further announcements shortly detailing the Launch.
AUSTIMBER2020 - THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS August 17
The countdown is on to AUSTimber2020, the biggest forestry show in Australasia, with the beginning of the Early Bird Sale for site exhibitors.
Adan Taylor, Chairman of the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA), the membership based organisation that owns and runs AUSTimber, said the beginning of the early bird offer marks the initial countdown to the major event, before the official launch, slated to be in March 2018.
“This early bird period means that we are truly off and running with the planning of the event. By the launch next year, we hope to have most of the major exhibitors locked in and then the fun begins, planning the exciting activities that will be on offer throughout the event,” he said.
AUSTimber2020 will once again be held in Gippsland running from 30 March – 4 April. The week will see a range of activities being held in the region. Whilst the final program is still being developed it will include at least two expo days, field trips, a welcome dinner and an Australian Paper Mill Open Day.
As part of the Early Bird Sale, the AUSTimber2020 team have released the 2020 Exhibitors and Demonstration Prospectus which details the opportunities available, and a site plan which outlines the range of sites that are on offer. Importantly, it shows the early bird rates and savings available now until December 2017. The Prospectus is available to view by clicking on the picture to the left.
“AUSTimber2020 will build on the success of the 2016 event with the Expo being held all on the one site and catering for over 120 exhibitors. We are really looking to diversify and increase the mix of exhibitors to the show, and have added a range of sites that will reflect this move”.
“There are large sites available for both eucalyptus and pine harvesting demonstrations, a dedicated area for chipping demonstrations, a truck and trailer display with a test drive route and a mix of different size sites available across the event location, that are sure to attract a wide range of exhibitors.”
“I would like to extend my thanks to the team at HVP Plantations, for once again playing host to AUSTimber at their Flynn site in Gippsland. Their support, and the support of all our sponsors, exhibitors and the local councils and community, are what make the event such a success,” Mr Taylor said.
For those that exhibited at the show in 2016, they have until 15 November 2017 to secure the same site they had in 2016 for 2020, and for those who didn’t exhibit in 2016 they can submit an Expression of Interest form with site locations to be negotiated following 15 November 2017. The Early Bird Sale closes 15 December 2017.
“We are looking forward to working with all our existing, as well as new exhibitors, to put together the type of show that forestry contracting businesses and the wider forestry industry absolutely must attend. It should also deliver real value to both our Australian as well as our international visitors with a week of activities that showcases our industry”, Mr Taylor said.
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.”