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FTMA conference for 2024

For the first time in 10 years FTMA Australia took its conference out of Queensland, returning to where it all started in Victoria. The conference was held in late March at Geelong’s newly refurbished arts centre. Source: Timberbiz

The conference theme was Looking Outside the Triangle and the first speaker made everyone sit up and focus.

Robert Pradolin of Housing All Australians talked about the homelessness situation in Australia and showed a compelling short video. Furthermore, he touched on the role that private business has in addressing homelessness.

Tim Woods presented on the latest housing and timber markets, he was then joined by a panel consisting of Karl-Heinz Weiss, Tim Newman and Nick Hewson to talk about the threats to market share, and where housing in Australia was headed.

Dr Alastair Woodard who presented on the great opportunities for the Advanced Timber Framing Collective looked at what the sector needs to move forward, such as revising AS1684.

Delegates were treated to a masterclass on the new IR laws by Brenda Garrard-Forster from HR Anywhere who also outlined ways in which you can avoid workplace injuries and how to handle Workcover claims.

Finally, the keynote speaker was Tim Jarvis OAM, sponsored by MiTek, who spoke about leadership through adversity.