Forest experts say no benefit from a Great Forest National Park

Victorian activists are loudly beating the drum about the survival of the enchanting  Leadbeater’s Possum being solely dependent upon declaration of their proposed Great Forest National Park. The activists have an enticing website, make lots of noise in the media and have attracted lots of supporters. This is an important public policy matter. Scientists aren’t…

Cape York forest tour

One of the privileged few to travel on the memorable three day southern Cape York tour, after the Institute of Foresters’ of Australia 2017 Cairns conference, I’m sharing a snapshot through the link to a 3 min video We saw areas of country that are not accessible to the public because our hosts Daryl Killin and…

New FSC certification

Great to hear that Timberlink’s Australian South Australian and Tasmanian sawmilling operations are now certified by FSC for solid timber. CEO Ian Tyson noted the increasing demand for certified timber which is encouraging as certification provides assurance that the timber production process meets triple bottom line criteria – environmental, social and economic.

Clyde Agriculture

Kurrumbene’s principal Helen Murray was the Commercial Manager for 10 years with the Swire Group’s privately owned Clyde Agriculture. In that time the company acquired it’s outstanding portfolio of rural properties in NSW and Qld, which were all operated by company personnel. It grew to be Australia’s largest wool grower, fifth largest cotton grower and…

Innovation Award

Award night HMM with PMThe highlight of 2017 for Helen Murray, principal of Kurrumbene, was receiving the Forestry Industry Innovation in Training Award for the Young Community Ambassadors’ Initiative on behalf of Timber Communities Australia (TCA), when she was providing national coordinator services to TCA.

Helen created the concept and designed and delivered the initiative for this respected national network of timber communities. Some fine young future leaders within regional timber communities from four states graduated after completion of the Initiative.

The Award was presented at a Gala Industry Dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House Canberra which was attended by the Prime Minister and Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture & Water Resources, who is responsible for and a great supporter of forestry and timber products. The night, attended by 500 people, celebrated the innovators in the industry across safety, business and training and it was hosted by the Australian Forest Products Association.

Chicago grain trip

Great memories of a visit to Illinois on a grain project. Visiting the Chicago Board Of Trade where much of the international grain pricing is driven… lovely architecture too. CBOT building in the background.