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Gippsland Forestry Expo linking forestry education and careers

Australia’s forestry industry is finding it difficult to attract qualified or experienced people to work in this interesting and rewarding sector. Source: Timberbiz

This is despite the fact that Australia’s forest industry is a dynamic and sustainable provider of regional employment, economic activity and essential products based on a renewable resource that sequesters carbon.

The forest industry comprises businesses involved in growing and harvesting trees, processing wood and wood fibre, manufacturing pulp, paper and engineered, reconstituted and solid wood products and businesses that market and undertake research, into forestry and forest products.

The Gippsland Forestry Hub has been formed to constructively engage the community, education sector, industry and government bodies to assist in outcome focused solutions, focusing on skills development and real local job opportunities in the Gippsland region.

The Gippsland Forestry Hub aims to promote understanding and interest in forestry and raise awareness in Gippsland of the great career and job opportunities within the industry.

In partnership with Yarram Secondary College the Gippsland Forestry Hub will hold a Forestry Expo on Monday, 26 February from 9am-3pm at the high school, 86 James Street, Yarram.  All students will experience first-hand the opportunities and career paths forestry has to offer.

The Conference Forestry expo will demonstrate following themes:

Forestry Presentation

Tree Improvement

Nursery Production


Pest and Diseases

Harvesting operations

Haulage operations

Environment demonstrations

Careers Advice

Sawmilling processes

Fire Response


“We encourage you to support this locally driven initiative to better link the forest industry, forestry education and career opportunities in our region,” said Lesia Clark, Executive Officer, GFHub.

Taking part in the expo will be HVP, VicForests, Austimber, Leeson’s Harvest and Haulage, Caterpillar, Waratah, Kennedy Trailers plus many more.

There will be hands-on experiences for all students, log trucks, processors, forwarders, simulators plus opportunities for the students to learn more about forestry.

For further information on the Expo and the GFHub phone 1300 1 GFHUB (43482); mobile: 0455 552 094, or email: [email protected]