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Order of Australia for Softwood’s Peter Crowe

Peter Crowe. Photo courtesy The Border Mail

Softwood Working Group chairman Peter Crowe has received the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day Honours for his service to the softwood plantation industry. Source: Timberbiz

Mr Crowe has worked in the forest industries since 1959 when he joined the then NSW Forestry Commission, where he worked for in a variety of positions until 2006.

Since then, he has worked as an industry consultant and advocate, and has been involved in plant breeding initiatives which have improved the quality of the timber grown in plantations.

Since 1987 Mr Crowe has been involved with community engagement and regional development as the chairman of the SWG, and as part of the Murray Regional Development Board and the board of Regional Development Australia Murray, between 1990 and 2016.

“Peter has been a champion of Australia’s forest industries for nearly 60 years, and on behalf of AFPA and its members I congratulate him on this well-deserved honour,” AFPA deputy CEO Victor Violante said.

Mr Crowe said he was extremely proud to working in the industry alongside a “magnificent group of industry professionals, who are both colleagues, but more importantly, friends”.

“Being named as an OAM is certainly an honour for me and my family, but it also recognises the importance of forestry and its contribution to regional development in Australia,” Mr Crowe said.