A multi-generational logging company was announced as the supreme winner of the inaugural Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards at The Barn in Mount Gambier. Source: Timberbiz
More than 450 people were on hand on 26 October to celebrate as Reid Logging picked up the top prize, along with the prize for harvesting excellence, with employee Adam Sealy taking out the individual forest operations crown.
Reid Logging was founded in 1966 by the late John Reid and has been at the forefront of the mechanization of the industry. While initially a manual tree falling and haulage company, the company moved exclusively to harvest operations in 1990.
The company has constantly invested in new and innovative machinery and is known for its integrity and high quality work.
Reid Logging has an impeccable safety record and has been recognised for that. The company regularly exceeds best practice to ensure the safety of crews and is committed to ongoing training, with staff involved in the development of industry standards on fatigue management.
Reid Logging’s audit scores are second-to-none with a low rejection rate, and workers proactively manage quality.
Leonie Stapleton from Timberlink was honoured with a lifetime contribution award, recognising her long-term commitment and involvement in an industry that has historically been male-dominated.
OneFortyOne Wood Products received three awards, taking out the timber processing as well as the regional and community development excellence prizes and Des Schebella was applauded for his outstanding contribution to the timber industry.
The Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards (GTTIA) were established 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.
GTTIA chair Adrian Flowers said the committee was very happy with nominations.
“We had excellent numbers, and all were of a very high caliber right across all categories. It was about recognizing everyone who contributes to the success of an industry that annually generates more than $778 million gross regional product,” he said.
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 for the national and export markets. The industry provides employment for around 8500 people.
The awards are run by a nine-strong committee who represent a diverse section of the industry.
“It had taken 18 months to bring together and I thank each member for their support,” Mr Flowers said. “To our sponsors, we offer our sincere appreciation for your support to the industry and these awards which have exceeded all expectations.”
The awards dinner was held at The Barn in Mount Gambier with Australian comedian Tommy Little MC for the evening.
Staff from numerous local forestry operations attended and highly charismatic comedian Tommy Little from Channel Ten’s The Project, was an ideal pick to host the night.
Green Triangle Timber Industry Supreme Timber Industry Award
– Reid Logging –
Trainee Ben Bruhn – Tabeel Trading Pty and Dylan Edwards – L V Dohnt & Company sponsored by Port of Portland
Forest Operations Adam Sealy – Reid Logging sponsored by PF Olsen
Work,Health,Safety& Environment Bryan Haywood – Nature Glenelg Trust sponsored by OneFortyOne Plantations
Outstanding Contribution to Timber Industry (Australia) (female)Linda Cotterill – OneFortyOne sponsored by Pacific Forest Products
Outstanding Contribution to Timber Industry (male) Des Schebella – OneFortyOne sponsored by QUBE Ports
Innovation Award James Williamson – Porthaul sponsored by South West Fibre
Timber Processing Excellence OneFortyOne Wood Products sponsored by Trident Tyre Centre & Scania
Harvesting Excellence Reid Logging sponsored by Timberlands Pacific & Penola Plantations
Silviculture Excellence A & M Contracting sponsored by Teagle Excavations
Distribution & Logistics Porthaul sponsored by HVP Plantations
Safety Excellence Tabeel Trading Pty Ltd sponsored by OneFortyOne Plantations
Regional & Community Development OneFortyOne Plantations sponsored by Kalari
Gold – HVP Plantations, OneFortyOne Plantations, Kalari, Timber & Forestry enews, Timberlands & Pernola Plantations, GTTIA, Teagle Excavations
Silver – Port of Portland, PF Olsen Australia, Scania, QUBE Ports, South West Fibre, OneFortyOne Plantations, SFM Asset Management, PFP Group, Fennell Forestry, ISO Marshalling PTY Ltd, Cummins, Barry Maney Group, Border Watch, Trelleborg, Beaurepaires
Bronze – Glenelg Shire, Precision Engineering Portland, ForestWorks, Daily Timber News, Australian Forests & Timber News, Triple Limestone, Hit 961, MIXXFM Hamilton, 981 3HA, Trimble Forestry Logistics, Komatsu Forest Pty, Sureway Employment & Training, Onetrak, Climate Friendly, Trimble Forestry
GTTIA Committee Members:
Adrian Flowers – Tabeel Trading Nominees Pty Ltd (Chair), Emma-Kate Griffiths – OneFortyOne Plantations Pty Ltd, Marcel Griffiths – HVP Plantations, David Wheaton – Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, Sharon Freyer – QUBE Ports, Roland Freyer – South West Fibre Pty Ltd, Tammy Whitehead – Glenara Transport Pty Ltd, Phillip Dohnt – L.V.Dohnt & Co Pty Ltd, Greg Kenny – Borg Manufacturing, Peta Crew – Primary Industries & Regions South Australia.