VIC Committee

Rod Keenan (Chair)
Keith Maplestone (Secretary)
Danielle Read
Gavin Livingston
Gary Featherston
David Dore
Jan Newport
Jo Lewis 


VIC Field Trip at Myrtleford

Growing a more resilient forest sector in the Murray Valley region

The Victorian Committee of Forestry Australia would like to invite your participation in the following field trip and forum at Myrtleford.
Forestry Australia seeks to advocate for forests and forestry, and we would like to contribute to the long-term future of forestry in the north-east of Victoria and south-west slopes region of NSW by bringing together major growers and processors from the area to facilitate discussion on variations to current business models and industry alignment to increase investment in Australian forestry and forest processing.

New Dates: Friday 19 & Saturday 20 November 2021. 
Meeting Point: Club Savoy, 252-254 Myrtle Street, Myrtleford, Victoria 3737
Forum Agenda and program are being finalised and will be available shortly. For more information, please contact David Dore on 0491 107 556

Day One Program 
9:30am: Arrival at Club Savoy
10:00am: Field trip introduction
11:00am Visit to a plantation harvest operation and/or planting re-establishment post-salvage harvest
1:30pm: BYO lunch
2:30pm: Mill visit 
4:30pm: Setting the scene - national supply and demand; impending regional crisis and the need to build long-term jobs
6:00pm: Drinks at Club Savoy Alpine Room
7:30pm: Networking Dinner 

Day Two Program
8:30am: Forum
1:00pm Lunch
2:25pm: Visit to agroforestry replant site at 3710 Snow Rd Whorouly (Simon Penfold’s).
4:30pm: Finish 

Suggested Accommodation: 
The Motel on Alpine is close to Club Savoy. Please call on 03 5752 1438 to book a room, and mention Forestry Australia for a special room rate (not available online).
Meals and Food:
Lunch on Friday is BYO. Please note that food and beverages will be at you own expense. 
Forestry Australia Member: $20
Forestry Australia Member Student: FREE
Non-members: $30

To Register, click HERE
Registrations close: 18 November 

VIC DIVISION NETWORKING EVENT: Where does our timber imports come from? 

Date: Event postponed. Date TBC

Time: TBC
Place: The Last Jar Hotel, Melbourne, 616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Speaker: Tim Woods, IndustryEdge
Cost: The event is free for members, please register in case we need to contact you with updates 
RFP CPD points: 1.5

The Victorian Division of Forestry Australia is hosting a series of informal networking events for forest sector professionals. These are open to members, other professionals working in forests and other interested individuals. They involve a short informal presentation followed by time to catch up and continue informal conversation and meet fellow professionals working on different aspects of forest management.

Tim Woods, IndustryEdge
Tim Woods is Managing Director of IndustryEdge. Tim has more than 25 years expertise in the fibre, wood products and pulp and paper industries. He has a solid background in research, policy, strategy and project management.

To Register, click HERE


Victorian Division Strategic Plan 

The incoming Victorian Division committee and invited members met in December 2020 to develop a strategic plan for the Division from 2021-23.  Incoming Chair of the Division, Professor Rod Keenan, invites Victorian-based members to review the plan and indicate their interest in supporting its implementation. 

Please contact Rod Keenan or Secretary, Keith Maplestone to indicate your interest

To download Strategic Plan, click HERE  


Gary Featherston (President)
Gib Wettenhall (Secretary)

Portable and conventional sawmilling systems presentation

Recreating The Country Debut on YouTube

Last year, the Ballarat Region Treegrowers/AFG published the book "Recreating the Country" written by  Steve Murphy, and this year we began a model 'biorich plantation' program based on the principles in the book.

Stephen Oakes, a local film maker, was commissioned by BRT/AFG to produce a short video on the planting.  His video is now on Youtube.

We hope you will watch it and use it to spread the word.  We hope to update the video next year when the second stage of planting occurs, and over the next 5-10 years to show how the 'biorich plantation' develops.

"Recreating The Country" video on YouTube

Portable and Conventional Sawmilling Systems

Gary Waugh from Forest Products Consultancy gave a presentation Portable and conventional sawmilling systems at a field day organised by Ballarat Region Treegrowers, Timber Industry Training Centre and Victorian Landcare Centre, DPI.

To view the presentation click on the link below.
Portable and conventional sawmilling systems

FFORNE (Farmed Forests of the North East)


John Steer (President)

2019 AGM Report
The AGM was held on 6 October 2019 at Mansfield.

The report will follow shortly.

2018 AGM Report
FFORNE held their AGM near Yea on 9 September 2018 with the following committee appointed:
Carolyn Hill – President 
John Steer – Secretary Treasurer
Bruce Sonogan
Andrew Walpole
Philippa Noble
Craig McKay

The AGM was followed by lunch then field day viewing a range of things including:
Portable sawmill operation
Various eucalypt spp plantations and management practises
Charcoal plant
Solar kiln
Chainsaw jig

Over the year Committee members have been involved in a number of activities including:
Regular committee teleconferences
attended a number of Farm Forest Grower Victoria meetings, IFA/AFG meetings, GAN field days, Ballarat Tree Growers Thinning Day, John Woodley’s field day at Taggerty and passing on information gained to FFORNE members.
Participating in the Regional Forest Agreement process.
Rod Keenan’s ‘Next Generation Plantation Investment’ initial survey interviews for New Generation Plantations: Integrating trees in rural landscapes. 
Hosting a visit from Ceres Fairwood to some North East FFORNE Plantations and participated in their timber inventory. 
Assisting FFGV in preparing a grant application for a marketing strategy.

FFORNE has 43 entries on its email list, which the Committee emails regularly with farm forestry updates.

FFORNE Strathbogie Field Day - Event CANCELLED

Date: TBC
Location: Strathbogies
Time: TBC

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the FFORNE field day organisers have decided to postpone this event. A new date will be advised for later in the year.

Gippsland Agroforestry Network


Peter Devonshire (President)
David Bennett (Secretary)
Bob Gray (Treasurer)

About the Branch

The Gippsland Agroforestry Network was formed in 1992 as the first Agroforestry Network and is now a regional Branch of Australian Forest Growers.

The Network is non-profit, and interested in developing a profitable and sustainable timber industry in Gippsland, based on the production of wood from farm plantations and private native forests.  It brings together farmers, professional foresters, landcarers, nursery owners, contractors, sawmillers, advisors and those who just have an interest.

The Network holds regular meetings, field days and farm walks where a variety of topics are addressed. The Network also has various items of establishment and pruning equipment which are loaned free to members.

Agroforestry or Farm Forestry

Agroforestry, or “farm forestry” as it is more often called these days, is the integration of productive trees into the agricultural landscape.While the benefits of trees to agriculture, the environment and our sense of well-being are well known, the ability of properly planned, established and managed trees to contribute significantly to farm incomes is often not appreciated.

Whilst government support for farm forestry has recently dropped dramatically, local and national groups are getting on with the job of supplying environmentally responsible timber in a climate where access to native forests is becoming more restricted.  Markets for environmental services, especially carbon, are rapidly emerging.  World timber demand is generally expected to exceed supply over the next 20 years, so industry in Australia is currently working to dramatically increase our plantation area. Although the figure is dropping slowly, Australia continues to run annual deficits of almost $2 billion in forest products, so there's ample opportunity for import replacement. Farm forestry can make a significant contribution to this target, especially if farm foresters organise themselves into local groups with regional and national affiliations.  To further the cause in Gippsland we have the Gippsland Agroforestry Network, Farm Forest Growers, Victoria., and Australian Forest Growers respectively.