Forestry Australia ACT & Region

Forestry Australia ACT and Region - Annual Meeting 2021

Date: 31 August 2021

Time: 5.30 – 7.15 pm
5:30pm – Edwina Robinson will talk about the Canberra micro-forest initiatives that she’s catalysed, followed by Q&A and virtual drinks (byo, in plenary and breakout rooms).
6:15 – 7.15pm – Annual Meeting of ACT & Region Division
1. Apologies
2. Minutes from 2020 Annual Meeting, and Committee Meetings 2020 -21 (attached)
3. Co-Chairs’ Report (attached)
4. President’s Update
5. CEO’s Report
6. Updates from Committee members
      a. Education – Cris Brack/ Peter Kanowski
      b. ACT Urban Trees – Rachael Dawes
      c. Students– IFSA team
      d. Future Foresters – Maddie Shelton
      e. Heritage – Kim Wells
7. Items tabled by members
Tabled by Kim Wells:
       1. Future of Australian Forestry School/CSIRO Yarralumla site Specifically:
            I. results of referrals (Oakstand re-developement plans; CSIRO demolition of minor buildings)
            II. outcome of IFA meeting with NCA
       2. State of Institute records (printed and digital)
           adequacy of office environment; record keeping procedures; access by members
8. Election of ACT Committee 2021 – 2022
We are seeking at least one co-chair (Geoff Roberts has advised he will step down, and is willing to continue on the Committee) and proactive committee members.
9. Other Business
        • Field trip plans – Namadgi (rescheduled); alpine dieback (tentative)
       • Other matters
• Minutes of meetings 2020-21 year
• Co-Chair’s Report 2021
• Copies of submissions made by the Division.

Download the 2021 Annual General Meeting Agenda and Papers HERE
Joining instructions are included in the attached papers

2020 Minutes & Papers

Download the 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes 2020 (1 September) HERE
Download the 2020 Annual Meeting Agenda and papers (1 September) HERE  
Download the Divisional Committee Meeting Minutes 2019 - 2020 HERE

Current activities

Redevelopment of the Australian Forestry School/ CSIRO site, Yarraluma 

As advised in the IFA/AFG e-news of 13 March 2020, the owners of the CSIRO/ former Australian Forestry School site at Yarralumla are planning to redevelop the site when CSIRO vacates it, expected to be in 2022. Developer Oakstand Property Group are conducting stakeholder and community consultation about their proposed “Forestry Place ” development.  ACT & Region members are engaging constructively with the developers and other stakeholders. We’ll provide updates here.

Key resources about the site and its values:
Forestry Heritage, CSIRO site, Yarralumla (Background paper)
Redevelopment update, CSIRO site, Yarralumla (September 2020) 
CSIRO Yarralumla site – Heritage Management Plan

Further information: 
AFS/ CSIRO site Heritage contact: Kim Wells

ACT Committee

Cris Brack 
Stuart Davey
Rachael Dawes
Matt de Jongh
Peter Kanowski (Co-Chair)
Peter Langdon
Geoff Roberts (Co-Chair)
John Sedgley
Maddie Shelton
Steve Thomas
Brian Turner
Heritage contact: Kim Wells 
Student contacts: Oliver Andrews, Emma Bryant


South East NSW Field Trip – Bombala District 

Fire impacts on plantations, salvage logging, and the effectiveness of fire management strategies. 
Date: Saturday 13 March 
Time: 8:00am – 6:30pm 
Meeting Point: Meeting Point: for those carpooling: ANU Fenner School Field Services @ 8am for those traveling directly: Bombala Park Amenities, Caravan Pk, Monaro Highway, Bombala @ 10.25am 
Catering: BBQ lunch provided by Forestry Corp NSW
Cost: Free

Please note that this program is still being finalised and is subject to change. To download proposed program and meeting point map, click HERE
08:00am: Depart from ANU Fenner School Field Services (for those carpooling); behind John Yencken Bldg #45, off Sullivans Ck Road.
09:45am: Comfort/coffee stop – Nimmitabel 
10:25am: Rendezvous Location- Bombala Park Amenities @ Caravan Park
10:30am: SITE 1: (SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION) Dongwha Australia Sawmill Bombala (est drive time: 2 hrs south of Canberra) 
12:00pm: LUNCH- BBQ @ Bondi Forest Lodge
12:45pm: SITE 2: Bondi Forest Lodge- Presentation of 2019/20 Fires and effect to softwood Resource in SE. 
1:30pm: SITE 3: Tennyson – Fire Management- Effect of firebreaks and backburning. Settling the debate of their effectiveness.
2:45pm: SITE 4: Salvage Update- Lessons learnt from FCNSW statewide salvage operations
6:15pm: Return to ANU Fenner School Field Services (for those carpooling)

Walking Tour of the Australian Forestry School/ CSIRO Forestry Site, Yarralumla

Date: Sunday 11 October 2020
Time: 9.30am-12pm

The IFA/AFG and Friends of ACT Trees are hosting a guided walk around the former Australian Forestry School/ CSIRO Forestry Site on Sunday 11 October.  The tour will focus on the heritage aspects of the site and include a tour of some or all of the heritage-listed buildings.  Planning to redevelop the site is underway (see here) so this is a great opportunity to see the site for yourself and have your say on its future.
Bookings, including a contact phone number, are essential and should be emailed to by Friday 9 October.  Meet at the car park at the rear of Forestry House, off Wilf Crane Crescent.  Enquires about the event should be directed to Kim Wells, phone 6251 8308, or

You can read more about the history of the site and IFA/AFG engagement with the redevelopment proposals below.

Namadgi National Park Field Trip

19 September 2020

Click HERE  to read report from the field trip.