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Recognising excellence in Tasmanian timber

Joan Rylah, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier

Tasmanian timber is known as some of the best in the world and our forest management practices are envied around the globe.

Our industry was recognised at the inaugural Tasmanian Timber Awards in Launceston this evening.

The 2019 Tasmanian Timber Awards saw 40 finalists across 13 categories recognised across specialty fields in the forestry, timber and wood processing industry.

Hosted by the Tasmanian Forest and Forest Products Network, the awards saw winners from across the sector recognised for their commitment to excellence, quality and the communities they support and that support them.

The Government is committed to a strong and sustainable forest sector in Tasmania, which will provide industry with the certainty and confidence it needs to make long-term investment decisions.

This sector remains vital to our economy contributing some $1.2 billion and supporting 5,700 Tasmanians and their families, through the direct and indirect jobs it creates.

Tonight’s winners come from some of the biggest to some of the smallest operations in the state and recognise the efforts of both organisations and individuals doing great work on the ground each and every day.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 Tasmanian Timber Awards finalists and winners:


Distribution & Logistics Excellence Neville Smith Forest Products
Environmental Excellence Forico
Forest Growing & Management Excellence Forico
Harvesting Excellence Mechanised Logging
Innovation Warren French Architect and Valley Workshop
Regional & Community Development Neville Smith Forest Products
Skill Development & Training Excellence Mechanised Logging
Timber Processing Excellence TimberLink
Workplace Health & Safety Excellence Mechanised Logging
Trainee of the Year Mechanised Logging
Tree Farmer of the Year Sue and Owen Smith
Outstanding Contribution to the Timber Industry (female) Penny Wells (Private Forests Tasmania)
Outstanding contribution to the Timber Industry (male) Craig Patmore (Sustainable Timber Tasmania)