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On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the seven trustee governors of the Gottstein Trust Fund have elected Suzette Weeding as the new Chair of trustees, after John Simon stepped down from the role which he carried out for the past two years.

Trustees thanked John Simon for his leadership and are delighted that he will remain on the board as a trustee and will chair the Trust’s investment committee. The transition comes after Mr Simon’s recent retirement from the Chair role at Forest & Wood Products Australia.

“I believe in the need for board Chairs to plan for and encourage succession,” said Mr Simon. “It’s good practice to refresh leadership positions periodically and also important to encourage and cultivate generational change for the future of our industry.”

Mr Simon congratulated Suzette and said that he was confident that the Trust is in good hands with Suzette at the helm and management of administration and courses being done by Helen Murray’s experienced team at Kurrumbene Projects and Advocacy.

A Gottstein Trustee since 2015 Ms Weeding is General Manager Land Management for Sustainable Timber Tasmania. She is a director of the international Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a leading alliance of national forest certification systems which includes Responsible Wood in Australia. She is also a director of the Forest Education Foundation.  

A graduate of the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Science, Suzette has almost 20 years of experience in senior roles directly responsible for environmental management of forests, and management of areas of significant biodiversity. She is a steering committee member of the Launceston National Institute of Forest Products Innovation and her extensive involvement with industry groups includes membership of the Tasmanian State Fire Management Council and the Forest Practices Advisory Council. 

Beginning in 1971, the Gottstein Trust was formed to honour the esteemed CSIRO forest scientist Bill Gottstein upon his accidental death. Although his tremendous contribution to the industry was tragically cut short, his legacy lives on in a substantial way. Each year the Trust awards grants to people seeking to extend their own knowledge in ways that also help to advance the industry. 

The Gottstein Trust is currently making its annual funding appeal which will underpin funding for a new round of 2021 research, study tour and skill development grants to be awarded to individuals involved with the industry.

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Contact: Suzette Weeding ph  0439 384 736

2020 Gottstein Annual Funding Appeal welcomes industry support

The call is out for the annual funding appeal that underpins the educational study grants from the Joseph William (Bill) Gottstein Trust Fund. 

For almost 50 years companies and individuals have generously supported the Trust’s activities.  

“Regular donations of a modest amount enable the Trust Fund to be maintained. This means that grant awards can keep being made to bright, up and coming individuals involved at any point along the timber growing and manufacturing supply chain, including in research,” said John Simon, chair of the group of seven trustees who presently oversee the Trust Fund. 

“Our regular opportunities to speak face to face with donors at industry gatherings are non-existent this year due to COVID and so I am writing to our previous donors seeking their ongoing support; as well as to potential new donors asking that they consider supporting our work.”

The donations are very important to keep up the strong investment in Gottstein fellowships, scholarships and industry skill awards made available every year. “Regrettably the three individuals awarded 2020 fellowships are cooling their heels until international travel can safely resume and their study tours can go ahead.”

Patron donation renewals received to date are from Hyne Timber, Sustainable Timber Tasmania and the Australian Forest Products Association. “We thank them and all who have confirmed their ongoing support. We look forward to others following on.”

Patron donors (of $2,000) and sponsor donors (of $1,000) are entitled to significant discounts for Australian based personnel to attend the annual Gottstein week-long courses, which alternate each year between Understanding Forest Science and Understanding Wood Science. A supporter donor category at $500 is well suited to smaller firms and individuals.

The 2020 appeal letters from John Simon are being sent to industry participants for their consideration during November. 

Beginning in 1971, the Trust was formed to honour the esteemed CSIRO forest scientist Bill Gottstein upon his accidental death. Although his tremendous contribution to the industry was tragically cut short, his legacy lives on in a substantial way. Each year the Trust awards grants to people seeking to extend their own knowledge in ways that can advance the industry. 

For further information please go to  or email the Gottstein Team via


2020 Course moved to 2021

The trustees of the JW Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund have decided to move the Understanding Wood Science course to April 2021 (updated from March 2021) in light of the COVID19 pandemic.

Participants and the wonderful line-up of guest presenters and field trip venues will  be contacted by the Gottstein team this week to inform them of the change.

 “We assure those people looking forward to the course – that their bookings are able to transfer across to 2021 and their places are assured,”  said John Simon, chair of Trustees.

“The Trustees sincerely appreciate the support of Gottstein patron donors like Sustainable Timber Tasmania, HVP, Timberlink, Wespine and Forico who all have staff booked in. A stand-out is the great support for young people – with sponsored places provided by the Steve Stevenson Memorial Trust Fund, the Institute of Foresters’ of Australia and Midway.  All of the sponsored places will be transferred to 2021, although it is possible some individuals may not be able to take their places. 

The Trust’s management team, Kurrumbene Projects & Advocacy, will prioritise working through these changes with all involved in the coming days. Any queries can be made to Helen Murray on 0419-991-424.

“The delivery of a Gottstein course is a truly collective effort. Amid the present uncertainty and gloom we especially wish to publicly thank all the speakers and the operations who were very kindly hosting the course for field trips visits; and Professor Peter Kanowski, Associate Professor Cris Brack and Senior Lecturer Dr Matt Brookhouse for all they have done in our course delivery partnership with the ANU Fenner School.”

John Simon also advised the resignation of Jason Wilson as Trustee, “on behalf of all the Trustees I thank Jason for his commitment to the Trust over the last few years and wish him every success in his new role in New Zealand”. At present the Trustees are John Simon, Suzette Weeding, Nils Gunnersen, Brian Farmer, James Malone and Carlie Porteous.

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Tribute to Glenn Britton

Vale Glenn Britton

The Trustees of the J.W. Gottstein Trust would like to acknowledge the significant contribution which Glenn Britton made, not only to the Tasmanian timber industry, but also in providing personal growth and development opportunities to many industry participants through his involvement in the Gottstein Trust.
On behalf of the trustee board, the current chair of the Gottstein Trust, John Simon, has paid tribute to Glenn following his recent death. “Glenn was a highly respected trustee of the organisation for many years. His wise guidance and passion for improving our industry and people added significant value to the Gottstein Trust’s activities”.

Condolences are extended to the Britton family from all at the Gottstein Trust.

September 2019

Further information 

New round of award applications open

2019 Forest Science Course opportunity

                                                                                        6th February 2019 



The 2019 Forest Science ‘crash course’ still has room for bookings but people need to move fast.

There is some room left and the next chance is in 2021. If anyone is thinking about it – they are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity now, according to Kurrumbene Projects & Advocacy which now manages the Gottstein Trust secretariat.

The Trust is very appreciative of the support of experts in their fields who willingly give their time to come and talk about the myriad of interesting aspects of forest science and also economic and market insights. 

The influence of new technology and what that means for managing forests will also be apparent. The participants can look forward to covering a wide canvas of topics in the course. Many experts will be presenting including Professor Peter Kanowski and Associate Professor Cris Bracks from the ANU Fenner School, Rob de Fegely – Chair of the Forest Industries Advisory Council, the chief executives of the Australian Forest Products Association, Responsible Wood and FSC Australia, Dr Angus Carnegie from NSW DPI and Gottstein Trustee Suzette Weeding, a senior executive with Sustainable Timber Tasmania.

A one-day field trip to Bombala in the south/east NSW Monaro region features a site inspection over Dongwha Timbers’ softwood mill which opened in 2013 and touring out with the regional ForestCorp team to inspect a working forest harvest site.

It promises to be a happy evening at the final night course dinner. Gottstein Trustees John Simon (Chair) and Suzette Weeding will join the group along with some Gottstein Fellowship alumni and a newly minted Fellow who soon embarks on his overseas study tour. “This is a chance to hear first-hand about the impact that the Fellowships have in building professional knowledge and the positive impacts carried into our wonderful, renewable industry.”

Bookings can still be made online until 14thFebruary unless booked out sooner at    Email enquiries gottsteinsecretary@gmail.comor phone Jocelyn Carpenter 0407-006-101 or follow links at

The Gottstein Trust thanks the Institute of Foresters of Australia for access to its event booking site during the management transition and the ANU Fenner School of Environmental & Society for hosting the course venue.

2019 Gottstein Fellowships, Scholarships and Award applications

Are you part of the Australian forest and wood products industry?

Every year the Gottstein Trust invites applications for its fellowships, scholarships and industry awards which focus on the acquisiton of knowledge and skills, in order to benefit individuals, their employers and the forest and wood industry as a whole.

Applications for the 2019 Gottstein Fellowships, Industry Awards and Gottstein Scholarships, close next month on the 21st of September 2018.

Proposals are welcome from any area of the forest industries, including forestry, manufacturing, sales, marketing and IT among others. Candidates are selected on the value of the project for the community or industry as well as their ability to carry out the desired project and disseminate the information as required. Candidates for the Scholarship are selected on their commitment to the industry as well as on their academic performance.

For further information about the fellowships, please visit:
For information about the industry awards, please visit:
For information about the Scholarships:…/forest-industry-scholarships/
Any further queries can be addressed to the #GottsteinTrust secretary:

Meet the winner of TQ’s Smart Forests 18

The winner of Timber Queensland inaugural Smart Forests 18 Award, sponsored by the Gottstein Trust awas announce in late April.

Benjamin Francis is a Phd Candidatefrom  the University of Queensland and was named Queensland Smart Forests18 Ambassator. His submission was entitled: Financial economic performance of private native forest and hardwood plantation management in subtropical Australia.

Benjamin  Francis with Mick Stephens (CEO Timber Queensland)

Timber Queensland launches awards program to drive student and industry engagement

20 February 2018


Timber Queensland launches awards program to drive student and industry engagement

While the cash prizes will be appealing, providing students with opportunities to engage with potential employers is the key benefit and driver behind Timber Queensland’s inaugural student awards programs SmartForests18 and SmartTimber18.


Clarissa Brandt, Communications Manager Timber Queensland said SmartForests18 is designed to enhance student awareness of issues and challenges related specifically to Queensland’s forest and timber industry.


“The winner of the Award, who will act as the Queensland SmartForests18 Ambassador will be announced at Timber Queensland’s state conference Doing Timber Business in Queensland: Room to Grow on 19 April 2018,” said Clarissa Brandt.

“Stimulating new ideas to solve industry challenges and increasing exposure to new timber technologies are benefits of the competition,” said Clarissa.

“But the real advantage will be the connections and conversations between students and potential future employers and suppliers,” she said.

SmartTimber18 is a program to introduce students to mass timber and glulam and to educate students regarding the design considerations required to use these building materials.

“Both awards require students to submit an abstract and poster to communicate their submission. The posters will be on display at our state conference Doing Timber Business in Queensland: Room to Grow and there will be a dedicated session for conference delegates to talk and mingle with the poster authors,” said Clarissa.

Support from award sponsors The Gottstein Trust and Hyne Timber will provide complimentary attendance at the conference for 10 students and Timber Queensland is offering a heavily subsidised student ticket price.

“Mark Brown and his colleagues at the Forest Industries Research Centre at USC have been tremendously helpful in the organisation of the awards and are also providing assistance to ensure forestry students can fully participate in the conference.”

Information about the awards program and entry requirements is available at


For further information contact:

Clarissa Brandt, Communications Manager, Timber Queensland: 07 3358 7906 / 0416 350 328