Winner boosts confidence in the future for forestry!
In front of a sell-out audience at the Green Timber Triangle Industry Awards for forestry this year’s winner, Jubilee Sawmill – OneFortyOne, proved to have gone beyond their achievements in several ways.
Not only did they achieve with excellence, the completion of a build of the new sorter stacker, together with a great team of local contractors but the commitment of this company to invest in timber processing in this region has provided a significant boost in confidence about the longevity and future of this industry.
The sawmill is the largest in South Australia, and the second largest in Australia, with more than 300 employees, processing 750,000m3 of timber each year on its 65ha site. The sorter stacker project was completed while the sawmill remained operational and led to significant efficiencies on the site. The build project was one of the first capital investment projects that OneFortyOne committed to when it first took ownership of the sawmill. The team on site were passionate about the project, knowing it would lead to significant improvements in productivity and efficiency.
The Jubilee Highway Sawmill also takes it environmental responsibility seriously having installed boiler emissions cyclonic technology (worth $4.2 million) this year to ensure the mill complies with the new air emissions standards introduced into South Australia. As the cornerstone of OneFortyOne Wood Products in Mount Gambier, Jubilee Sawmill – OneFortyOne directly employs approximately 300 people and over 1,000 indirectly.
Jubilee Sawmill – OneFortyOne also took out the Timber Sawmilling & Processing Excellence award. The overall results for OneFortyOne’s employees was outstanding with Andrew White taking out the Innovation Award, Sam VonDuve was awarded Trainee of the Year and Chris Atkinson took out the Forest Operations (Silviculture, Harvesting & Chipping) Award.
Dual winners Sue Shaw, HPV Plantations and Tammy Auld, Timberlands Pacific won the Outstanding Contribution to the Timber Industry (female) and a special award was celebrated with a Lifetime Service Award presented to David Quill. With 37 years in the industry and multiple leadership roles, David has been a leader in terms of introducing modern equipment to the industry, being an advocate for regional forestry industry and those that feel they don’t have a voice. David is a character in the industry known for being larger than life.
This is the second year the awards have been run and continue to meet their original goals which were to celebrate and reward those involved with the timber industry and cover all facets of it – from nursery to silviculture, harvesting to haulage, logistics, processing and everything in between. The awards campaign has been run by a nine-strong committee who represented a diverse section of the industry.
GTTIA chair Adrian Flowers said the committee was very happy with nominations. “This event celebrates and recognises the people that are part of our fantastic industry. The night has been a reflection on the back of the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural event of all the passionate people and organisations that have contributed to putting it together. “
The Green Triangle is home to Australia’s largest collective plantation and timber processing industry with more than 355,000 hectares of soft and hardwood plantations producing timber for local manufacturing as well as national and export markets. The industry provides employment for around 8500 people.
Adrian also remarks, “The ticket sales and nominations exceeded last year which is evidence that the future growth of our industry and this event is looking good. Special mention needs to go to all the generous sponsors, the organising committee members and to Prue Younger from Public Impression, our event manager. Congratulations to the nominees, award winners and all that attended. Thank you for the contribution by all in making it a complete success and worthy celebration.”
The awards dinner was held at The Barn in Mount Gambier with Australian comedian Merrick Watts MC for the evening.
2019 Award Winners
Supreme Timber Industry Award
Jubilee Sawmill – OneFortyOne Wood Products
Mick Lynn – Merrett Logging
Melissa Smith – OneFortyOne
Timber Sawmilling & Processing Excellence
Jubilee Sawmill OneFortyOne Wood Products
Infield Forest Operations Excellence (Harvesting & Chipping)
Regional & Community Development
Gildera Forestry Services
Silviculture & Forest Management Excellence
A & M Contracting
Service to the Timber Industry
Australian Trucking Safety Services & Solutions
Andrew White – OneFortyOne
Tree Breeding Australia
Outstanding Contribution to the Timber Industry (Female)
Sue Shaw – HPV Plantations & Tammy Auld – Timberlands Pacific
Outstanding Contribution to the Timber Industry (Male)
Ben Rosenthal – Mechanised Logging Pty Ltd
Sam VonDuve – OneFortyOne
Forest Operations (Silviculture, Harvesting & Chipping)
Chris Atkinson – OneFortyOne
Sawmilling, Processing & Logistics
Jamie Irving – Timberlink
Lifetime Service Award
David Quill – Eumeralla Consultancy