FTMA AUSTRALIA, at the request of members, postponed its November Tumbarumba/Tumut Timber Tour until 10-11 February.
The FTMA Australia Fit for Purpose survey last year highlighted that there may be some confusion as to what timber does and does not meet Australian Standards, however, through discussions with members it was also recognised that the confusion may lie with the consumer in relation to what they visually accept as acceptable timber.
“Hyne and Carter Holt Harvey have both put a lot of work in to ensuring their milling processes produce high quality timber graded according to the Australian Standards. It is interesting to note that one piece of timber may be scanned up to 16 times as it travels through the mill ensuring that any defects are picked up,” said Kersten Gentle, FTMA executive officer.
“Join us on a tour of the Hyne Tumbarumba Mill and the Carter Holt Harvey Tumut Mill and see first-hand the technology and work that goes in to producing your timber.
“Following the tour on the Thursday evening we will hold a Fit for Purpose Dinner sponsored by Carter Holt Harvey Wood Products Australia and Hyne. An industry panel
including Nick Livanes, FTMA’s representative on the three Australian Standards committees, Kim Harris the Market & Compliance Manager of CHH Wood Products, and Stephen Holtorf, Hynes Technical & Services Manager, will discuss the Fit for Purpose program, Australian Standards and the needs of the frame and truss industry,” she said.
“It is important that our industry understands wood, understands the processing and the different treatments so we can proudly promote our product as the sustainable alternative to steel framing.
“This will be a two-day informative tour and will provide you the opportunity to have input ensuring Nick has your thoughts to take to the Australian Standards Committees.
“It is important that registrations are received no later than 28 January to enable arrangements for the Fit for Purpose Dinner and we also encourage you to book your room at the Tumbarumba Motel by contacting them at (02) 6948 2494.
“We understand businesses are busy but it’s important to be involved in tours such as this ensuring you and your employees are abreast of the issues facing your industry. A NSW business informed me prior to Christmas that early last year he took his entire staff on a tour of Tumbarumba and said it was a real eye opener for his staff and resulted in an increased understanding of the timber used in their business,” Kersten said.
Further details are available from Kersten on mobile 0418 226 242, phone (03) 5962 3453,
Email [email protected] or the FTMA website www.ftmaaustralia.com.au