Gottstein Trust Fund gains from QTIA donation

Chris Woodhouse (right) presents a cheque to J.W. Gottstein Trust secretary Jim Bowden. ATIF chairman Nils Koren looks on.

Chris Woodhouse (right) presents a cheque to J.W. Gottstein Trust secretary Jim Bowden.
ATIF chairman Nils Koren looks on.

A MEETING of the Australian Timber Importers Federation in Brisbane this week formally noted the closure of the Queensland Timber Importers Association and the resultant transfer of four new members to ATIF.
The closure of the QTIA with members prepared to work closely with other timber importers at a national level was unanimously endorsed at a QTIA board meeting in March.
Chris Woodhouse, a principal of Woodhouse Timber Co Pty Ltd, said the move away from a purely state-based organisation to one with a strong national perspective was perceived as reflective of today’s needs.
After the ATIF meeting, Mr Woodhouse took the opportunity to present a cheque to support the industry educational activities of the J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund.
The amount, a proportion of QTIA’s liquidated funds, was accepted on behalf of the Gottstein Trust by the trust’s national secretary Jim Bowden.
He said such industry support of the Gottstein Trust and its fellows and scholarship holders represented sound co-investment in the forest and forest products sector.
“Three new fellowships were awarded this year, with recipients to undertake further studies in countries as diverse as Canada, the US, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand,” he said.
He urged industry to consider the wide benefits the trust offered to companies and organisations throughout Australia.
“Businesses in industry have people – from the workshop floor to academia – who can apply for Gottstein fellowships or scholarships in 2017 for the chance to further their experience, education or training within or outside Australia,” he said.
Project topics are listed on the Gottstein website.
Applications for each category will be considered by the trustees and promising applicants will be selected for interviews in October this year.