9th& 10thAugust 2018



2018 Local Government Forest and Timber Industry Conference



8.30am –  8.45am


8.45am – 9.00am


9.00am – 9.20am

OpeningHon Keith Pitt, MP

 Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister

9.20am – 9.40am

The Tasmanian forest practices system takes the load off local government 

Deputy Mayor Cheryl Arnol, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, Tasmania


  9.40am – 10.00am

Sustainable Growth for the Next Generation

Craig Dunn, General Manager Communications & Sustainability, Australian Paper

10.00am – 10.20am

OneFortyOne Plantation plans for the Green Triangle 

Cameron McDonald, Executive General Manager – Forestry

10.20am – 10.30am Panel Discussion
10.30am – 11.00am MORNING TEA NETWORKING
11.00am – 11.20am

Next Generation Plantation Investment

Professor Rod Keenan, University of Melbourne

11.20am – 11.40am

South Gippsland Agroforestry Harvest

David Coote,                                            Profitable farm forestry, local economy, and sustainable construction-case study

11.40am – 12.00noon

AusTimber 2020

Stacey Gardiner, General Manager, Australian Forest Contractors Association

12.00noon – 12.10pm Panel Discussion
12.10pm – 1.00pm LUNCH (Sponsored by Australian Paper)
1.00pm – 1.20pm

Living with the forest industry

Dr Jackie Schirmer                                         Insights from Australia’s timber communities

1.20pm – 1.40pm

The socio-economic contribution of the forest & timber industry to South West NSW

Diana Gibbs, Economist, Softwood Working Group

1.40pm- 2.00pm

Gippsland Forestry Hub

Chris Barclay & Mark Cowell, HVP

2.00pm – 2.20pm

Heyfield-Australia’s most resilient town

Heyfield community

2.20pm – 2.40pm

Challenging the perception of Native Forestry

Mark Poynter

2.40pm – 2.50pm Questions
2.55pm – 3.20pm AFTERNOON TEA
3.20pm – 3.40pm

The Rise and Rise of Wood Encouragement Policies in Australia 

David Rowlinson, Make It Wood Campaign Manager,Planet Ark

3.40pm – 4.00pm

Changes to the Building Code and Future Changes

Boris Iskra, National Codes and Standards Manager, Forest & Woods Products Australia

4.00pm – 4.20pm

Engineered Timber Fire Station: A Collaborative Journey of Innovation

Katie Fowden, Manager Strategic Relations, Hyne Timber

4.20pm – 4.40pm Ken McBryde, Founding Partner of  Sydney Architecture Studio, Adjunct Professor at The University of Sydney
4.40pm – 5.00pm Construction of Timber Buildings
5.00pm – 5.20pm Panel Discussion
5.20pm – 5.30pm Summation and closing


  6.30pm -9.30pm – Conference Dinner

                      Guest Speaker:

   The Angliss Restaurant

550 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Networking starts at 6.30pm and Dinner at 7.00pm


8.30am – 8.45am Registrations Open
8.45am – 9.05am

Cost competitive certification a boon to many in timber industry

Gary Featherston

9.05am – 9.30am

The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon

The ALP’s plan regarding the future of the forest and timber industry, how are they planning to support the maintenance and growth of the timber industry as well as freight infrastructure funding support

9.30am – 9.50am

Upcoming National Forest Plan

 Ross Hampton, CEO, Australian Forest Products Association

9.50am – 10.00am Panel Discussion
10.00am – 10.30am MORNING TEA NETWORKING
10.30am – 10.50am

Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT)

Oswald Marinoni, CSIRO

10.50am – 11.10am


Gary Caulfield, CEO Xlam, Ltd

11.10am – 11.30am

Women in Forests and Timber Network

Diana Lloyd, General Manager, Forestworks

11.30am – 11.50am

To know the future, look at the past

Chris Crump

11.50am – 12.10pm

Issues faced by small growers and local planning schemes


12.10pm – 12.30pm Questions
12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH  (Sponsored by Australian Paper)
1.30pm – 1.50pm

New Opportunities in the industry

1.50pm – 2.10pm

Panel of state industry associations 

Discussion on current status, emerging issues and how can councils and the associations work together

2.10pm – 3.00pm Questions                                             
3.00pm- 3.10pm Summation and closing followed by afternoon tea.

NOTE:    Program subject to change


Conference Cost                                                     Conference Venue

2-day conference    $395.00 + GST                   The Angliss Conference Centre

1-day conference    $250.00 + GST                   555 La Trobe Street

Conference Dinner  $135.00 + GST                   Melbourne, Vic



Conference Dinner Venue                                 Further Queries                                                              

 Angliss Restaurant                                               Contact Sandy Kam on

550 Little Lonsdale Street,                                  0498 487 844 or

Melbourne, Vic                                   nationaltimbercouncilsassoc@gmail.com


Registration Link



 Hotels near The Angliss Conference Centre:

Harbour View Apartment Hotel

Oaks on Williams


We would like to acknowledge our sponsors:
Australian Paper
HVP Plantations
Timber NSW