Senator Ruston special guest at Gottstein dinner

Special Gottstein/FIAC dinner guest speaker Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water, and co-chair Forest Industry Advisory Council, is welcomed by Rob de Fégely, national president, Institute of Foresters of Australia and FIAC co-chair; John Simon, chairman, Forest and Wood Products Australia; and Brian Farmer, chairman, J.W.  Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund.

Special Gottstein/FIAC dinner guest speaker Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water, and co-chair Forest Industry Advisory Council, is welcomed by Rob de Fégely, national president, Institute of Foresters of Australia and FIAC co-chair; John Simon, chairman, Forest and Wood Products Australia; and Brian Farmer, chairman, J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund.

THE Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Anne Ruston was guest speaker a Gottstein Trust/Forest Industry Advisory Council dinner in Melbourne on February 18.
The dinner was attended by more than 60 industry stakeholders and participants in the Gottstein Wood Science Course, which has been running all that week at the CSIRO Clayton precinct.
Speaking at a FIAC meeting prior to the dinner, Senator Ruston said a discussions paper was being developed on a national wood fibre plan. She said engaging the broader sector in planning for the future was a key consideration for the government.
“Indeed that is the thinking behind establishing FIAC – to be able to have informed industry input into our policies and programs,” she said.
“This forum is continuing to advance the industry, and FIAC meeting brought us together to discuss the future of the sector, and the challenges and opportunities before us.”
Senator Ruston said FIAC was a key mechanism in working closely with the industry, citing the council’s strategic directions issues paper calling for ideas and submissions.
“We have received more than 70 submissions, generating plenty of food for thought,” she said.
“We will continue to work with the people our policies affect in planning for a sustainable forest future.”
Senator Ruston co-chairs FIAC with Rob de Fégely, national president of the Institute of Foresters with support from nine other members and four observers with expertise from across the forestry sector.
She added: “Australia’s forest and wood product sector is a great contributor to our nation, both in terms of the jobs and wealth created, but also for its principles of sustainability.
“The greatest environmental and economic benefit for Australia comes from managing our forests sustainably, and this is an industry underpinned by sustainable practices.
“The government is equally committed to sustainable management of these resources, and are putting in a range of measures to that end.”
Senator Ruston said the federal government was working toward establishing rolling 20-year RFAs to provide security and stability, and would continue to work to combat illegal logging globally, and in Australia.
“Groups like FIAC and courses like the Gottstein Wood Science Course help to spread these principles and skills throughout the industry,” she said.

Enjoying the Gottstein/FIAC dinner in Melbourne .. James Malone, CEO, Wesbeam and Gottstein trustee; Natalie Kimber, media and communications coordinator, VAFI; Michelle Freeman, VicForests; Jason Wilson, general manager, Auswest Timbers and Gottstein trustee; and Ric Sinclair, managing director, FWPA and Gottstein trustee.

Enjoying the Gottstein/FIAC dinner in Melbourne .. James Malone, CEO, Wesbeam and Gottstein trustee; Natalie Kimber, media and communications coordinator, VAFI; Michelle Freeman, VicForests; Jason Wilson, general manager, Auswest Timbers and Gottstein trustee; and Ric Sinclair, managing director, FWPA and Gottstein trustee.

Friends in industry .. Tony Price, managing director, managing director, Midway Limited,  Linda Sewell, chief executive, OneFortyOne Plantations, and Nils Koren, managing director, Gunnerrsen, and chairman of the Australian Timber Importers Federation.

Friends in industry .. Tony Price, managing director, managing director, Midway Limited, Linda Sewell, chief executive, OneFortyOne Plantations, and Nils Koren, managing director, Gunnerrsen, and chairman of the Australian Timber Importers Federation.